Ingrid Evans of The Evans Law Firm works to protect elders against financial and physical abuse both inside and outside of the courtroom. Inside the courtroom, Ms. Evans specializes in elder law and works some cases pro bono. Outside of the courtroom, she educates elders on abuse issues that may affect them.
“I believe that the best way to stop elder abuse is to educate seniors about it,” says Ms. Evans. To provide seniors with this education, Ms. Evans frequently speaks to local senior organizations and nursing homes. She teaches these groups about how to protect themselves from elder financial and physical abuse. She has also authored pamphlets on the same subjects.
To protect elders from abuse, Ms. Evans has also written legislation that has been enacted into law. She has testified before California senate and congressional committees and the Department of Insurance and organized victims to testify before a United States Senate subcommittee on issues involving the protection of senior citizens.
As a former San Francisco Deputy City Attorney, Ms. Evans realized that elder abuse was widespread. “The issues of elder abuse are important to me because I see so many people that are fragile and potential victims, I want to help protect them and fight for them.” Ms. Evans spends about 10 percent of each week giving pro bono advice to victims of elder abuse.
Ms. Evans was recognized as a finalist for California Consumer Attorney of the Year in 2009 and 2012 for her work on cases to resolve the issue of living trust mills and the sale of deferred annuities to seniors. She took this issue head-on, bringing national attention to and starting litigation against trust mills and insurance companies that supported living trust mills and other practices to increase their sales of deferred annuities.
Besides elder abuse protection, Ms. Evans is also passionate about environmental protection.
“Environmental issues have always been important to me because I grew up doing a lot of hiking and kayaking and have seen how devastated the environment can get when we don’t protect it. I love San Francisco Bay and the Bay Area and I want to see it protected for future generations,” says Ms. Evans.
This love of the San Francisco Bay led Ms. Evans to host three to four parties in previous years to raise money for Save the Bay. Today, she admires the San Francisco Bay from her office window and makes charitable donations to organizations that work to protect the environment.
“I have done a lot of pro bono work for elder abuse protection and environmental issues because protecting the public and fighting for the underdog is something I care about. The protection of people and the environment has become my passion,” says Ms. Evans.