Lawyers are privy to information other professions may not have access to, and should be aware of elder abuse signs and signals in their clients. When signs are spotted, lawyers should take appropriate action of reporting, inquiring, and offering support and help. It is important to take any self-report of abuse seriously. This section details a checklist of Signs of Physical or Sexual Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation. When neglect, abuse or exploitation are indicated through any of the signs below, the lawyer should ask certain screening questions to assess the situation. See the Screening Questions section for guidance on seamlessly integrating the screening with other client interview questions.
See the section of the Toolkit on ethical issues to get more guidance on mandatory and permissive reporting.