, founder of the Illinois chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, said working with the elderly who have been abused takes extra time and attention, which poses problems for the courts.
"It takes more time, it takes more care. You have to talk slower. You have to talk louder. You have to wait for a reaction," he said. "You have to legitimately care about these people and feel for them and manifest that care."
"Courts, on the other hand, have a wholly different mission," said. "They're there for a single targeted purpose. What can be accomplished in an attorney's office with a highly motivated and caring attorney is different from what can be accomplished in a courtroom."