By Kate Halligan
New Bill aims to Protect Vulnerable Adults from Isolation
Since its adoption in 1982, the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (hereinafter referred to as the “Elder Abuse Act”), has been continually expanded by the Legislature. Effective January 1, 2023, the Elder Abuse Act will include California Assembly Bill 1243 (AB 1243). Under AB 1243, two expansions will be made to protect elders and dependent adults: (1) interested parties may seek anti-isolation restraining orders and, (2) courts may review the propriety of “specific debts” to determine whether they are the product of elder abuse.