“Ann Stanyer's “Financial Abuse of Older Clients: Law, Practice and Procedure” provides an overview of the issues, law and practice in this complex and increasingly common area of the law.
Issues covered by the book include “what is financial abuse”, “who is vulnerable to financial abuse”, “who are the perpetrators of financial abuse”, “what form does financial abuse take”, and “how to prevent financial abuse and what steps to take when it is discovered”. It concludes by considering the future of the protection of the elderly and includes consideration of protection measures and approaches in other countries.
The book is written in a clear manner and brings together various statutes, case law and other sources of practice, such as guidance notes issued by the Office of the Public Guardian. It covers rules and practices in relation to Enduring Powers of Attorney, Lasting Powers of Attorney and deputyship orders, as well as other forms of relationship and examines the duties and responsibilities of appointed representatives, such as attorneys and deputies, and professional organisations including banks and local authorities.
For the practitioner, it identifies risk factors and gives guidance to help identify abuse and offers suggestions to improve practices. There is a useful professional abuse warning card for professionals at Appendix B of the book, which can be shared with colleagues across departments and would be of particular assistance to those who do not regularly deal with issues relating to financial abuse.
This book is best suited to those seeking to learn about and update their knowledge of the area generally and to act as a toolkit for professionals.” – Holly Chantler, Director,
Solicitors for the Elderly
“... very engaging. It boasts a comprehensive selection of cases that have been through the court, helping professionals to advise clients in ever more complex circumstances ... provides a useful overview of all the relevant aspects of dealing with abuse of the elderly client ... Stanyer's passion to raise awareness of financial abuse in the elderly is to her credit.” – Law Society Gazette,
“...a useful toolkit to carry around and consult as needed. References are made throughout to actual clients and scenarios Ann has encountered in her nearly 30 years in practice, adding to the practical element and ease of applicability of the law covered...” – LawSkills,