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Elder Financial Fraud Attorneys : Silver Law Group

Elder Financial Fraud Attorneys

What is elder financial fraud?

Elder financial fraud (also known as abuse or exploitation) is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States today. It’s also one of the least reported, with only one in 44 cases actually reported to law enforcement or Adult Protective Services.

Fraud committed by a financial advisor or broker is unique in the world of Elder Financial Exploitation. While family members have access to an elderly person’s finances through their relationship, financial advisors have been given permission to be a part of someone’s financial life. Investors trust that their financial advisor will always work in their best interest.

A violation of that trust occurs when someone

  • KnowinglyKnowingly, or by deception or intimidation, deprives the victim of use of benefits of personal funds;
  • KnowsKnows or reasonably should know that the elderly person lacks capacity to consent; and
  • CommitsCommits a breach of fiduciary duty to an elderly person, which results in an unauthorized appropriation.

A recent study, “The Market For Financial Adviser Misconduct,” found that 7% of financial advisors have been involved in elder financial fraud or other misconduct. Of these, 44% are back to work within a year and five times more likely to commit fraud. Senior investors and their families should be aware of these statistics – and that they can seek recompense for any losses that result from fraud or misconduct.

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What You Can Do If You're the Victim of Elder Financial Fraud - Elder Financial Fraud Attorneys


The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the self-regulatory organization of the investment industry. As such, FINRA expects all registered brokers and firms to follow its best practice and ethics guidelines.

Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. That's why FINRA has developed a list of practice violations that can result in fines and penalties. Among these are:

Scott L. Silver Managing Partner

Scott Silver is the chairman of the American Trial Lawyers Association, Securities and Financial Fraud Group and routinely represents elderly investors and their families. He has extensive experience pursuing claims in arbitrations conducted by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and in federal court for violations of various states' laws against elder abuse.

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    Breach of Fiduciary Duty

  • Excessive-trading-or-churning

    Excessive Trading or Churning

  • Failure-to-supervise

    Failure to Supervise

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    Unsuitable Investment Advice

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    Broker Theft and Fraud

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    Trust and Estate Abuse

Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Investment losses that are the result of a breach of fiduciary duty can be a cause of action in an arbitration claim for damages. In many instances, the failure to disclose all relevant information concerning an investment recommendation may be the result of a conflict of interest between the financial advisor and his client. Financial advisors are required to avoid any conflicts of interest when providing investment advice for financial elder abuse.

Protect you or your loved one’s financial security

Protect you or your loved one’s financial security.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to regain control of a situation that seems to be out of your control.

Many victims – or the family of victims – seek a settlement through FINRA arbitration, which allows the parties to avoid the costs and waiting period associated with the court system, and makes use of an independent third party that, in the case of elder financial fraud, specializes in financial practices.

While it's possible for victims to pursue aSecurities Arbitration without legal representation, it's important to realize that it's a complex process and FINRA does not provide legal advice to any of the parties involved. Investors can and should choose to have an elder financial fraud attorney provide legal guidance through the arbitration process.

Facing this issue is daunting and scary, from both a monetary and personal perspective. Often, this is the moment that an individual or a family member realizes that the lifelong caretaker now needs to be taken care of.

Silver Law Group understands this, and we're with you.

If you think you have been defrauded by a broker, financial advisor, or financial institution, or want to know your rights as an investor, contact our firm. Silver Law attorneys are leaders in the field of FINRA and securities arbitration. We represent individual and institutional investors across the United States who have lost money at the hands of a trusted financial advisor. Our services are provided on a contingency-fee basis, which means we are only compensated if there is a recovery of losses For more information, contact us for a complimentary consultation.

Educational Resources


    • James Randall Clay is Under Investigation by FINRA on elderfinancialfraudattorneys.comJames Randall Clay is Under Investigation by FINRA

      The former broker reportedly never disclosed a real estate venture that was worth $1 million James Randall Clay was notified by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in October of last year that he was the respondent in a complaint. The allegations against him involve an elderly client, a large real estate deal, and a Read More

    • Three Individuals Charged by the SEC for Defrauding Elderly Clients on elderfinancialfraudattorneys.comThree Individuals Charged by the SEC for Defrauding Elderly Clients

      Allegations include the misappropriation of more than $2.6 million, much of it through a penny stock scheme Elder financial fraud continues to be a serious problem in the U.S., but the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is making attempts to protect senior investors. One way the agency is doing this is by increasing penalties for Read More