Elder abuse, exploitation and negligence is so wide spread it has been characterized as an epidemic. Every State is now mandated to protect the elderly and has laws in place to address elder citizen a use, exploitation, negligence, and failure to report these circumstances. As an example, Idaho ranked 8th from the bottom of the states with the worst elder protection statutes (Wallet Hub Study) vulnerable person statute is IC 18-1505. Idaho’s northwest border, Washington state, on the other hand, has a marked increased standard to protect vulnerable persons. As an example; undue influence protection should be a requirement coded directly into every state’s legal statutes.
CEASE is aims to protect the rights of the elderly and vulnerable persons whom are going through estate planning, guardianship and/ or conservatorship legal processes. For this fact the enterprise was founded to promote best geriatric care, elder law, guardianship, conservatorship and estate planning practices. This includes a five-point plan of action – 1) information gathering, 2) education, 3) collaboration, 4) implementation and 5) citizen review.
The CEASE advocate collective works to gather information and educate the community, the media and policymakers at all levels about the estate planners, guardianship attorneys, probate-magistrate courts, judicial issues and best practices, as well as the dire need for attorney accountability with colleague, State Bar and judicial oversight committees; since the legal profession is one of the very few professions that regulates itself, or in practicum is required to regulate itself. Unfortunately for the public, the unwritten code amongst attorneys is that it is professional suicide to report unethical attorney to the State Bar. The State Bar itself, in most states is governed by “the fraternal brotherhood of attorneys” so legitimate ethics complaints from those damaged by malpractice are often dismissed.