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Updated: 
May 18, 2022

What is the legal definition of financial exploitation?

Financial exploitation is when someone does any of the following:

  1. controls your property without your permission through:
    • lying (deception);
    • intimidation;
    • using his/her influence to take advantage of you (undue influence);
    • force; or
    • threat of force;
  2. violates his/her financial obligation to you (fiduciary duty) as your guardian, conservator, or person with power of attorney, which results in your property being:
    • used for a reason you did not consent to (appropriated);
    • sold without your consent; or
    • transferred to someone else without your consent; or
  3. gets or uses control over your property in his/her role as your caregiver, or as an accomplice to the caregiver, without your consent and for the purposes of benefiting your caregiver or another person.1

1 Tenn. Code §§ 39-15-501(7); 39-15-502

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