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A CPA’s Guide To Preventing Financial Exploitation

Total Credits: 1 including 1 Specialized Knowledge - Technical

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Christopher W. Smith
Course Levels:
1 Hour
Product Setting: Expires 30 day(s) after program date.



Unfortunately, adult financial abuse on the rise. Analyze the top types of elder financial abuse, including undue influence, exploitation, scams and identity theft, and discuss appropriate CPA roles and responses.


Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • Understanding common scams and exploitation techniques, as well as the tools that CPAs can use to help lower the risk of a client being exploited

Major Subjects
  • Understanding scams vs. exploitation by close relations
  • What a CPA can do for clients to help prevent exploitation
  • Considerations for creating an exploitation prevention plan
  • Learning exploitation prevention tools
  • Reporting suspected exploitation

Course Materials


Christopher W. Smith Related Seminars and Products

Christopher W. Smith concentrates his practice on special needs planning, elder law, and estate planning. Having a sister with Down Syndrome, Christopher has had a lifelong passion for special needs issues and has extended that passion to elder advocacy. He is licensed to practice law in both Indiana and Michigan and was a litigation attorney in Indianapolis before moving to Michigan. Christopher graduated from Indiana University Maurer School of Law (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif) where he also served as managing editor of the Indiana Law Journal. Prior to law school, Christopher majored in business and history at the University of Virginia and worked in finance for Procter & Gamble.


Christopher and his wife love to travel in and around Metro Detroit (often with fold-up bikes in tow) searching for hidden gems. They are even rumored to have a podcast discussing their adventures.

Some of his accomplishments and memberships include:

  • Council Member, Elder Law and Disability Section of the State Bar of Michigan
  • Selected as a “Rising Star” in both the Indiana edition of Super Lawyers Magazine (in 2009 and 2010) and the Michigan edition (2012 and 2013).
  • Volunteer Counselor, Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program, Inc.
  • Volunteer, Guardianship Reviewer for the Oakland County Michigan Probate Court
  • Past Volunteer, Elder Law and Advocacy Center in Wayne County, Michigan


Thu, Jun 19, 2025 - 01:30pm to 02:30pm EDT

Additional Info

Basic Course Information


A basic understanding of estate planning and protective proceedings in court would be helpful

Advanced Preparation


Designed For

All CPAs (and other professionals), but most specifically CPAs who have regular contact with individual clients

Original Recording Date 4/2024
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Instructional Delivery Method

Group Internet Based

Course Registration Requirements

Online Registration

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