NH bill aims to protect elderly and vulnerable adults

NH bill aims to protect elderly and vulnerable adults

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State Rep. Renny Cushing, D-Hampton. [Ioanna Raptis/Seacoastonline, file] Hide caption CONCORD — A local lawmaker’s bill to establish protective orders against elderly abuse is on its way to the governor’s desk. The bill aims to give victims of financial or other forms of exploitation fast access to relief through the courts. House Bill 696 was filed by state Rep. Renny Cushing, D-Hampton, and would create a process in the courts for vulnerable adults to get protective orders for immediate relief from abuse, neglect and exploitation. Cheryl Steinberg of the Senior Law Project at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, who crafted the bill, said there are few means for vulnerable adults to get immediate help from the court when people like their family members are taking advantage of them. She said the order would allow authorities to quickly prevent abusers’ from accessing their victim’s assets. “There’s still the practical problem someone is stealing your money,” said Steinberg. “We thought we needed something a little more proactive to give the person, the victim, an ability to quickly go to court to stop the exploitation.” Cushing and Steinberg say HB 696 is one step in a years-long process of improving the state’s protections for elderly and vulnerable adults. They started working together four years ago to keep cases of abuse against vulnerable people from “slipping through the cracks.” Cushing is a longtime victims’ rights advocate who has seen Alzheimer’s disease in his family, and Steinberg’s office provides pro bono legal assistance to low-income […]

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