Current Affairs

3 March 2011

Mickey Rooney testifies regarding elder abuse

In my practice in Texas, I have seen what I consider egregious cases of elderly persons asked (forced?) to sign important legal and financial documents while under duress or when suffering from dementia.  The effect is that the person  signs away hundreds of thousands of dollars, either immediately or upon their death. Sometimes the wrongdoer is a caregiver, sometimes a girlfriend/boyfriend, and sometimes a close family member. Mickey Rooney gave some compelling and emotional testimony before the Senate Special Committee on Aging.  He was speaking in support of Senator Herb Kohl’s “Elder Abuse Victims Act.” According to Bloomberg,  Rooney testified […]