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Protecting Seniors in the Age of Scams 2023

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  • Start Date:2023-04-23 20:00:00
  • End Date:2025-04-23 20:00:00
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  • Level:Basic
  • Topics:Elder Law

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Learn to Spot Scams and Protect Seniors

Older adults are at an increased risk for financial exploitation due mental and physical changes that occur with normal aging and more serious cognitive decline as a result of Alzheimer’s disease and dementing illness. The relative affluence of today’s older adults is historically unprecedented making them particularly ripe targets for financial exploitation.   

Our expert panel from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Protective Services and the SeniorLAW Center will guide participants on how to spot the signs of financial exploitation, how to prevent it, what to do if theft is suspected, and remedies available to victims.

Recorded in April 2023.


Chari Alson Esq., CELA

Ms. Alson is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation and practices with the law firm of Anderson Elder Law, P.C. based in Media, Pennsylvania. She has been practicing in the areas of trust and estate administration, estate planning, and elder law since 2003. Ms. Alson received her juris doctor degree from Temple University, her Masters in Public Health and a Gerontology Certificate from Boston University School of Public Health, her Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University – New Brunswick, and holds the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation. Ms. Alson is a member of NAELA and PAELA, is a Co-Chair of the Delaware County Bar Association Elder Law Committee, a co-Editor of the Delaware County Elder Law Handbook, a co-Editor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Elder Law Section Newsletter, an editorial board member of NAELA News, and is a board member of the Chester County Estate Planning Council.

Leah Finlayson Esq.

Leah M. Finlayson currently serves as the Director, Legal Services at the SeniorLAW Center (SLC). Previously, she was the Director, Victim Services at SLC. She led a Victim Services team focused on direct representation and advocacy addressing elder abuse and financial exploitation. Prior to joining SeniorLAW Center in 2016, she was a Managing Attorney of the Bethlehem office of North Penn Legal Services, a legal aid office representing clients in Lehigh and Northampton County, PA. She joined North Penn in 2001 and represented and advised low-income clients in various areas of law including family law, landlord-tenant, mortgage foreclosure, consumer defense and bankruptcy, unemployment, welfare, and adult and minor guardianships. Ms. Finlayson earned her law degree from City University of New York and her undergraduate degree from Temple University.

David Shallcross

Mr. Shallcross has worked to protect our communities for over 40 years. His career in public service began in 1980 as a Firefighter, Fire Inspector and Fire Prevention Instructor in Bristol Township, he also was a member of the Bristol Borough Auxiliary Police and held the rank of Sergeant; Then in 1986 he was appointed as a Deputy Sheriff with the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office, during his 21 years with the Sheriff, David became an Investigator and created the new Warrant Service Unit within the Fugitive Division and was later promoted to Warrant Specialist in charge of the division. Mr. Shallcross next served as a Law Enforcement Liaison for a Federal Contractor and was assigned to special projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In 2008 David Shallcross joined the ranks of the Office of Attorney General as a Community Liaison in the Public Protection Division’s Elder Abuse Unit, He was later promoted to Senior Community Liaison and Coordinator of the Elder Abuse Unit and in 2017 he was appointed as the Acting Director of Education and Outreach. Currently he is the Director of the Senior Protection Unit and is the Attorney Generals’ designee on the PA Supreme Court’s Elder Justice Advisory Council. Mr. Shallcross is a recipient of the Sheriff’s Commendation of Valor (1988), Award of Merit and the F.O.P. Outstanding Service Award (2003), PA Crime Prevention Officer of the Year (2010 & 2015) and received the PA 3rd Senatorial District ‘Community Involvement Award’ (2013). David holds seats on the executive boards of the PA Crime Prevention Officers’ Association and the Bucks County Heroes Scholarship Fund and past Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #PA-53. Mr. Shallcross was an Honor Graduate of the PA Deputy Sheriff’s Academy at the Dickinson School of Law; he has also attended specialized training with the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the FBI. He is a certified instructor in Community Crime Prevention by The PA Commission on Crime & Delinquency.

Deborah Hargett-Robinson Esq.

Deborah Hargett-Robinson is a Deputy Chief Counsel with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging under the Office of General Counsel. As Deputy Counsel she is responsible for advising and representing the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. In this capacity she also serves as and the Legal Assistance Developer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Right to Know Counsel for the Department of Aging. As Legal Assistance Developer, she is responsible for developing and coordinating Pennsylvania’s Legal Services for adults aged 60 and older. As Right to Know Counsel she handles all Right to Know Law request received by the Department of Aging.  She is a native of North Carolina and began her legal career as an intern with the North Carolina Farm Workers Legal Aid. Her first job as an attorney was as a Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Bureau in Towson Maryland where her primary focus was representing Children In Need Of Assistance. She later relocated to York Pennsylvania, where she began a solo practice specializing in Social Security Disability for 20 years. While in private practice she was often court appointed to represent Children and/or Parents in Dependency Cases as well as Juvenile Delinquency court appointments. She served as Solicitor for York County Children. and Youth Services where she represented the agency. She later served as Solicitor for York City Human Relations Commission for 4 years. Prior to joining the Department of Aging she had begun representing Veterans obtain disability benefits from the Veterans Administration as an Associate with the Law Offices of William Haynes. She is also enjoys serving as an Adjunct Professor of Administrative Law at Harrisburg Area Community {HACC} College.  She earned her J.D. from North Carolina Central School of Law and received her B.A. in Political Science from University of North Carolina @ Greensboro. She has been married to her husband Damon Robinson for several years and they have a daughter and a son. 

Erin Walters

Erin Walters has worked with the PA Department of Aging since January 2012, where she is currently a Supervisor within the Bureau of Protective Services. Prior to her time at the Department, Erin worked at the Cumberland County Office of Aging and served in the United States Army as a Military Police K-9 handler. Erin has a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from California State University, Chico CA.

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