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Welfare & Institutions Code 15610.30

California Welfare & Institutions Code ยง 15610.30
Under California law,

(a) "Financial abuse" of an elder or dependent adult occurs
when a person or entity does any of the following:

1.        Takes, secretes, appropriates, obtains, or retains real
or personal property of an elder or dependent adult for a
wrongful use or with intent to defraud, or both.

2.        Assists in taking, secreting, appropriating, obtaining, or
retaining real or personal property of an elder or dependent
adult for a wrongful use or with intent to defraud, or both.

3.        Takes, secretes, appropriates, obtains, or retains, or
assists in taking, secreting, appropriating, obtaining, or
retaining, real or personal property of an elder or dependent
adult by undue influence, as defined in Section 1575 of the
Civil Code.

(b) A person or entity shall be deemed to have taken,
secreted, appropriated, obtained, or retained property for a
wrongful use if, among other things, the person or entity takes,
secretes, appropriates, obtains, or retains the property and the
person or entity knew or should have known that this conduct
is likely to be harmful to the elder or dependent adult.

(c) For purposes of this section, a person or entity takes,
secretes, appropriates, obtains, or retains real or personal
property when an elder or dependent adult is deprived of any
property right, including by means of an agreement, donative
transfer, or testamentary bequest, regardless of whether the
property is held directly or by a representative of an elder or
dependent adult.

(d) For purposes of this section, "representative" means a
person or entity that is either of the following:

1.        A conservator, trustee, or other representative of the
estate of an elder or dependent adult.

2.        An attorney-in-fact of an elder or dependent adult who
acts within the authority of the power of attorney.