WHAT: Press Conference to highlight benefits of recently signed Assemblyman Rich Gordon’s bill (AB 1288) to safeguard senior citizens and dependent adults from financial abuse and fraud. The bill grants Public Guardians new tools to protect senior citizens’ assets. WHO: Speakers: Assemblyman Rich Gordon, State of California Supervisor Dave Cortese, President County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Supervisor Adrienne Tissier, County of San Mateo Board of Supervisors Lee Pullen, Director of Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adult Services Also in Attendance: Lisa Mancini, County of San Mateo Director of Department of Aging and Adult Services Cherie Bourlard, Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney, Elder & Dependent Adult Fraud Unit Janet Berry, Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney, Elder & Dependent Adult Fraud Unit Peter Szego, Board Member, AARP, Council on Aging Board Member The Health Trust WHERE AND WHEN: County of Santa Clara Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San José, Room 157 Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ***TODAY*** WHY: AB 1288 closes a loophole in the current probate code by expanding the scope of the Public Guardian to include assets that held in financial trusts. AB 1288 extends the number of days in which the Public Guardian can take temporary possession of property from 15 to 30 days, to allow time for Public Guardians to locate and secure assets, as well as obtain a hearing date for the conservatorship petition. Co-sponsored by the Counties of Santa Clara and San Mateo, and supported by counties and local municipalities throughout California, AB 1288 received unanimous support by both, the State Assembly and Senate. Interviews will be available with the bill’s author, supporters, and implementers.
Media Contact: Margot Grant, Office of Assemblyman Rich Gordon (650) 691-2121; Carla Cisi, Santa Clara County Social Services Agency (408) 975-4848 Posted: October 10, 2011