For Immediate Release
November 29, 2016
Abby Matienzo, Communications Manager
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MO NAELA President to Testify Before Senate on Financial Abuse of Seniors
Senate Aging Committee hearing scheduled for tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. in Dirksen 562


Washington, D.C. – Tomorrow, the Senate Aging Committee will hold a hearing, Trust Betrayed: Financial Abuse of Older Americans by Guardians and Others in Power, Senate Aging Committee Hearing. Current NAELA Missouri Chapter President Jessica Kruse will testify in her own capacity. According to the Senate Aging Committee, the hearing will examine the financial abuse of older adults within the context of fiduciary relationships and other relationships of trust.

The Committee will also unveil the GAO’s latest study on guardianship abuse, building off a 2010 study that “found hundreds of cases of abuse, neglect, and exploitation and identified $5.4 million that had been improperly diverted.” Kruse will testify from her experience in witnessing and stopping financial abuse as an elder law attorney in the state of Missouri. Kruse graduated with honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2006, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law. She focuses her practice of law on elder law, probate, and estate planning. Jessica was recently awarded the Rising Star award at the Women’s Justice Awards, recognizing achievements of women attorneys in the State of Missouri.

For requests to speak with Kruse and other NAELA experts, please contact Nancy Sween.

Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

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