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February 11, 2022

What protections can I get in an elder abuse protection order?

Through an ex parte elder abuse protection order, a judge can order that the abuser:

  • stop committing elder abuse or threatening to commit elder abuse;
  • not contact you in any way that puts you in reasonable fear of injury;
  • stay away from your home, place of work, or any other place;
  • not live with you, no matter who owns the home;
  • allow you to use a car or any other items, no matter who owns them;
  • not use or transfer any of your property or money;
  • give you a report on your income, debts, expenses, and other financial matters;
  • not act as your guardian, conservator, or power of attorney;
  • follow the instructions of your guardian, conservator, or power of attorney; or
  • do anything else that the judge thinks is necessary for your safety or welfare.1

In a final order, a judge can grant all of the protections listed above, and order the abuser to:

  • return to you any money or property that the abuser has previously controlled;
  • pay money (damages) for any physical or financial injuries caused or pay for your attorney’s fees; or
  • not have any guns.2

1 Ala. Code § 38-9F-8(b)
2 Ala. Code § 38-9F-8(c)

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