This is a trauma undergone by thousands of elders across India. Problem is, no one talks about it, no one reports it, and naturally no one stops it. Let us understand it to try and prevent it.
Victims of Elder Abuse are often:
- Older than others, above 70 or 75 years
- Women are more likely to be victims
- Widows or living alone
- Socially isolated
- Having physical or cognitive problems
- Extreme dependence on care givers
Rights and Entitlments
- Health Insurance Schemes
- Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act
- Pension Schemes
- Arthritis and Rheumatism
- Dental Care
- Heart Attackes and Strokes
- HIV AIDS
- Mental Health
- Parkinsons Disease
- Urinary Incontinence
- Creating an Asset Register
- Essential Information for the Spouse
- Reverse Mortgage
- Safegaurding your Property
- Taxation and Elderly
Wills and Legacies
What is a will?
- A will is a highly confidential document, the aim of which is to provide the person with a legal platform to distribute his/her assets after his/her demise.
- A will can be made on stamp paper, and it is advisable to get it registered at the office of the sub-registrar.
- If a person passes away without leaving behind a will, then his/her assets (both movable and immovable) will be divided among his/her legal heirs, as per the provisions mentioned in the Hindu Succession Act. Those who do not fall under the legal obligations of the Hindu Succession Act are governed by their personal law or by the Indian Succession Act.
- The distribution of assets, as mentioned in the will, cannot be challenged by anyone.
- However, it should be noted that a will is a revocable document, and can be changed by the 'testator' whenever he/she desires.
- In order to ensure that a will becomes a valid document, it has to be signed by at least 2 witnesses.
- It is advisable for all people, above the age of 45, to prepare a will.
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