Financial Exploitation

Financial exploitation involves taking the money or assets of a vulnerable adult without authority to do so, or by deceptive or similar means. The exploiter may be an attorney-in-fact, family member, other individual, or company. Minnesota has both criminal and civil law that applies to financial exploitation. The civil law is based on Minnesota Statues 626.557, subd. 20 and other common law claims. Suzanne Scheller’s goal is to help the vulnerable adult keep the assets they have worked hard to collect for their own needs, not as a blank check for others. While mediation may work to recover assets in some situations, other cases of financial exploitation must be brought before the court in order to better define financial exploitation and hopefully reduce such exploitation in the future. If you believe you have been the victim of financial exploitation, please contact Suzy Scheller.