We've heard the saying, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."
A writer would say, "An epic tome of love and betrayal begins with one story."
But we all know such a story has tentacles that reach well beyond the words on the page.
When the subject is elder financial exploitation, the impact is felt beyond victim and culprit. Families crumble. Relationships fray. Hearts break.
But every bit of awareness builds hope that one family's heartache will lead to another family's triumph.
I'm gratified that sharing one tiny corner of my story was important enough to be published in Financial Advisor Magazine.
I've heard from many people since this article was published. Some praised the clear-headed approach of what can be done within stringent legal guidelines. Others confided that their experience was worsened by inept, and sometimes corrupt, advisors. In all instances, it's clear that so much more must be done to combat the insidious crime of elder financial exploitation.