August 28, 2017

Meet Jennifer Taylor, Legal Aid's Financial Exploitation Attorney

Jennifer Taylor
LAWV Financial Exploitation Attorney

Jennifer Taylor started out as an Long-Term Care and Elder Advocacy (Ombudsman) Program attorney at Legal Aid in 2013, representing clients in long-term care facilities.  Her first month on the job, she encountered her first financial exploitation case.  And then a second one.  Soon after, financial exploitation became 99% of her work.

By 2016, Jennifer was taking so many of these cases, that Legal Aid opened a financial exploitation program, opening doors to any victim of financial abuse, regardless of whether they were residing in a long-term care facility.

When asked what achievement or contribution has made her most proud, Jennifer says, "Recovering property for a client, helping put bad guys behind bars, or returning a cherished family heirloom is always rewarding.  I will also always remember a client I assisted in regaining her personhood - we reversed a court decision designating her a protected person and removed the daughter that was exploiting her as her guardian/conservator.  When I asked her what she wanted to do first, she told me she wanted to go to the county clerk's office and make sure she could now vote.  It really drove home for me the gravity of the mental hygiene process."