Posted on September 22, 2010


The importance of interested guardians for the disabled or intellectually challenged elderly cannot be denied. A 2009 study by the Department of Justice found that one in nine adults over the age of sixty has experienced some form of elder abuse. This abuse can take many different forms. According to the DC Department of Human Services this includes physical, financial or emotional abuse, as well as neglect or abandonment.

In my work as an eldercare attorney, I have heard vented frustrations from exasperated relatives, and sometimes a known relative such as a mother or elderly aunt can “push our buttons” , leading us to lose our temper or not call or attend to the elderly relative’s needs.

That is why, sometimes a non-related guardian, with training and patience in dealing with a emotionally troubling or very difficult relative can be a big help. Also, there is clearer supervision and accountability dealing with financial records, which sometimes can be a problem where a family member is concerned.

As a legally appointed attorney and guardian, all my work is monitored by the courts, and of course I am still open to feedback by non-guardian relatives.

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See for more details.  Christine Axsmith, Esq. is a Washington, DC – based attorney specializing in foreclosure fraud, illegal foreclosure, real estate fraud.  Her credentials can be viewed at her LinkedIn profile.  The Axsmith Law website has a wealth of information for review related to elder law and foreclosure prevention. 

Other sources of valuable information are the AARP website, the Federal Trade Commission website and the HUD website.  See Axsmith Law web site to speak to an attorney.