Fight Back Against Elder Financial Exploitation!

Multiple national studies find financial exploitation of seniors is one of the most common and under-reported types of elder abuse, estimating one of every six adults over age 64 has been a victim of elder financial abuse. 

To combat this growing problem in Iowa, the Iowa General Assembly is considering Senate File 2168, a bill creating a Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA).   

By definition, a power of attorney is a legal document used by an individual (the principal) to name someone else (the agent) to make financial decisions and act on the principal’s behalf. A power of attorney document can be a useful planning tool to prepare for the possibility of future incapacity and to avoid the court appointment of a guardian or conservator, but power of attorney misuse and abuse leads to dire consequences for the person it was meant to benefit. 

While many Iowans are fortunate to have a power of attorney agent who upholds their responsibilities, there are many stories of cases where an agent representing an older Iowan either fails to understand his or her responsibilities, misuses the power of attorney, or outright abuses the power of attorney, all of which negatively impact the individual and their family. 

TAKE ACTION TODAY by sending a message to your legislator to stand up for Iowa's elderly. Ask your legislator to fight Elder Financial Exploitation in Iowa and pass a strong Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA) as proposed in SF 2168. 

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Dear [Decision Maker],

While many Iowans are fortunate to have a power of attorney agent who uphold their responsibilities, there are many stories of cases where an agent representing an older Iowan either fails to understand his or her responsibilities, misuses the power of attorney, or outright abuses the power of attorney, all of which negatively impact the individual and their family.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]