Professor Ann Goldweber (left), director of clinical legal education at St. John's School of Law and director of the Consumer Justice for the Elderly: Litigation Clinic. Professor Gina M. Calabrese (right) is associate director at the clinic. // Photo courtesy of SJU School of Law

SJU Consumer Clinic Aids Queens’ Aging Population

As the Queens’ population ages, more and more senior citizens are targeted by schemes designed to separate them from their money, assets and homes. For more than 20 years, the St. John’s University School of Law has tackled the persistent fraud affecting low-income seniors through the Consumer Justice for the Elderly: Litigation Clinic, and  in-house, one-semester civil litigation and advocacy clinic directed by Prof. Ann L. Goldweber.

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Julie Stoil Fernandez is a co-founding partner of Finkel & Fernandez, LLP, which specializes in elder law. // Photo courtesy of Julie Stoil Fernandez

Nuanced Directives, Power of Attorney Can Stem Elder Abuse

Those are just three examples of elder abuse, fraud and predation that have made their way to Queens County Criminal Court in recent weeks. They are reflective of a larger problem, says Julie Stoil Fernandez, the co-chair of the Elder Abuse Committee of the New York State Bar Association. Fernandez told the Queens Daily Eagle that predatory behaviors and outright scams are getting worse and more common as the borough’s population ages.

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