Neil E. Hendershot, Esq., author of the PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary flamed us a bit in a recent posting. He feels we should remove this blog because it might help criminals perpetrate these crimes. He doesn’t get it.
Criminals are already using these techniques and the law is not protecting the people being hurt, abused and defrauded.
We agree it is tasteless, but what was done to us was far worse than tasteless.
Obviously Mr. Hendershot has not been deprived of a relationship with a dearly loved parent during the last years of their lives because some one wanted their money and their possessions. Here is our response to him:
Dear Mr. Hendershot,
Many thanks for your comments about our Steal an Estate site. We agree with many of your concerns. Please understand that we had serious misgivings about mounting the site as we did. Remember, we are victims of this crime.
When the specific strategies and tactics that criminals use to exert undue influence are clearly described, documented and become widely known and accepted, they will strengthen our legal protection against these crimes. This is our goal.
As you know, proving undue influence can be extraordinarily difficult in many states. We hope StealanEstate.com will help the public understand exactly how easily this fraud can be perpetrated.
We had absolutely no knowledge, interest, background or training in this sort of manipulation until it was used against us. We simply observed what happened and reported our experiences. We are not trying to profit from it in any way.
If you knew more about the details and history of our case you would probably feel very differently. There was a huge imbalance in power, access, influence and training in these tactics between us and the perpetrators of these crimes.
In the 1960′s the New Yorker Magazine printed an article describing how to make a crude atomic bomb with a tennis ball can, a stick of dynamite and the right nuclear materials. Fortunately this did not spark a series of these crimes.
Organized crime is using these tactics right now to defraud loving, loyal, respectable, responsible people.
Separating elderly people from their loved ones to allow criminals and con artists to steal their assets, their estates and possessions is one of the worst forms of elder abuse. These criminals are ruthless and cruel.
Knowing the distinguishing characteristics of these crimes will help stop them.
Many thanks for your comments. Please feel free to email us at info@StealanEstate.com