By Elder Care attorney Rick Law. Rick is the founder and Managing partner of the multi-generation law firm of Law Elder Law, and was selected as the top Elder Law attorney in Illinois for 2016 by Leading Lawyers Magazine.
Linda Voirin, LSW, is the victims’ advocate for the Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Unit, Office of Joseph H. McMahon, Kane County (Illinois) state’s attorney. During a recent interview, she outlined the difficulty in prosecuting senior financial exploitation and elder-abuse cases.
We spoke with Linda about being a victims’ advocate for over 10 years in the state’s attorney’s office. She deals specifically with seniors and persons with disabilities. Her is her description of her role as it relates to the whole team:
“We have some attorneys who have been specifically trained in dealing with the issues of abuse and the needs of the elderly, as well as attorneys who are trained specifically for the crimes that are committed against the elderly, such as financial exploitation. In addition, there is the concept of aggravated theft or aggravated assault.
So as a victims’ advocate, we are helping the elderly victim to understand, first of all, what’s happening in the court system, being in communication with them as to court dates, and what’s happening in meetings with the attorney.
Often, if they have been victimized, it’s a sign that there are other areas in their life that need looking at. Maybe they were particularly sought out as a victim because of a weakness that they had.
Maybe they need extra care. So we try to assess their situation and then get them tied into services. We don’t actually provide those services; rather, we make referrals.”
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