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Tech-enhanced Life: Elder Dignity, Autonomy and the Need for Protection from Abuse

Whether we are dealing with the difficult issues of how to convince dad to give up the car keys, mom’s need for placement in a facility, or fear of money being improperly acquired by a scammer, dignity of the elder must not be disregarded in the name of protection. The question posed is how to maximize the preservation of dignity in the face of true need for protection of the elder? This article addresses the issue as it relates to financial abuse of elders, but the principles are equally applicable in other situations. Continue reading Tech-enhanced Life: Elder Dignity, Autonomy and the Need for Protection from Abuse

Presented at 88th Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California

Attorney David G. Knitter presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California on Friday, Oct. 9, in Anaheim. He was part of a three attorney panel which presented a presentation entitled, “Understanding Remedies for Financial Elder Abuse,” which provided training and education for California attorneys seeking to protect elders from different forms of elder financial abuse.

The panelists provided guidance and tips on when and how to get social services or law enforcement involved; how to resolve the problem without litigation; and what remedies are available under the consumer protection statutes, elder abuse statutes and the Probate Code.

Presented at 87th Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California

David G. Knitter spoke during the Conduct A Better Deposition in Trust and Estates Litigation session at the 87th Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California, San Diego California, September 2014.

This program was to provide practical tips for preparing and conducting a witness deposition. Learn the different approaches and proven techniques, and leave armed with practical tips that you can immediately apply in your law practice.

2012 7th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse

Legal Assistance for Seniors hosted its 7th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse on May 21, 2012, at the UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.  David G. Knitter took part in this year’s Conference. The title of David’s session was “Undue Influence — How to Identify Who is the Con” presented to professionals working in fields related to aging, family violence and elder abuse.

Undue Influence How to Identify the Con

More than 280 participants spanning a wide range of disciplines— Continue reading 2012 7th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse

2011 6th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse

Legal Assistance for Seniors (LAS) hosts its 6th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse. This state-wide conference is an essential educational and networking opportunity for attorneys, social workers and medical professionals, as well as law enforcement officials and government agencies who work in the field of aging and elder abuse.

This year David G. Knitter presented a session titled, “Understanding & Proving Undue Influence to Fight Elder Abuse”.

The Reporter: Pair safeguard seniors from financial abuse

A new multidisciplinary team, combining the expertise of law enforcement officers, bankers, real estate professionals, physicians and attorneys, recently formed in Solano County to help combat financial elder abuse.

The Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) was founded by Vacaville attorney David G. Knitter and is headed by coordinator Steve Hosking, a retired but very active 30-year law enforcement professional who, during his last six years with the Vacaville Police Department, specialized in elder and dependent abuse cases.

Read the complete article online at The Report, “Pair safeguard seniors from financial abuse”.

The Reporter: Pair safeguard seniors from financial abuse

Solano County Bar Association’s Attorney of the Year 2008

David G. Knitter, the Solano County Bar Association’s Attorney of the Year, is a strong advocate for elder rights and a vocal opponent of those who would victimize senior citizens.

The 44-year-old Vacaville attorney, who specializes in probate, trust and elder law, said senior citizens are among the most vulnerable groups in America, frequently abused or taken advantage of by those they trust or hold dearest – children, spouses, friends or unscrupulous caregivers. Continue reading Solano County Bar Association’s Attorney of the Year 2008