Four guides, released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), highlight a duty to protect vulnerable elderly or disabled adults, many of whom face difficulties in handling their own finances and are subsequently more susceptible to scams. Many have legally appointed caregivers – family, friends or loved ones – to oversee their money and property. Recognizing a need to educate these financial caregivers, and encourage them in conscientious management of the funds entrusted to their care, the CFPB publications underscore four primary guidelines, which cite a fiduciary’s responsibility to:
- “Act in the person’s best interest”; avoiding the temptation to borrow or loan from the funds they are overseeing
- “Manage money and property carefully”; ensuring that bills are paid in a timely manner and making shrewd, cautious investments
- “Keep money and property separate from own”, g. steering clear of joint accounts
- “Maintain good records”; in particular retaining all receipts and detailing all incoming and outgoing monies
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