How and why family members steal from elders is the topic of a lecture today at Oregon State University.
Katherine C. Pearson, a law professor at Penn State University, is also the 2009-10 Petersen Visiting Scholar in Gerontology and Family Studies at OSU.
Her lecture, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room, is entitled "Family Banking: The Perils of Powers of Attorney and Joint Bank Accounts." A brief reception will follow the lecture.
Pearson directs an elder law and consumer protection clinic at Penn State that offers free legal services to adults age 60 and older.
In her presentation, she said, she focuses on "how and why family members steal from elders with the 'cooperation' if not permission of the elders."
Among examples are the theft of millions of dollars of property and artwork from socialite Brooke Astor by her son. Pearson also will talk about some recent Oregon cases.