Minnesota Passes Legislation to Prevent the Financial Exploitation of Senior and Vulnerable Adults

June 5, 2018

 

On May 19, 2018, Minnesota passed legislation intended to prevent the financial exploitation of senior and vulnerable adults. The laws, which are based on the NASAA Model Act, are effective as of August 1, 2018 and apply to broker-dealers and investment advisers.

These new regulations require broker-dealers and investment advisors to place a hold on a disbursement or transaction where a governmental agency notifies the firm of their reasonable belief that financial exploitation may result. The legislation also permits firms to place an initial hold of up to 15 days on a disbursement or transaction under limited circumstances in which financial exploitation is suspected. Other provisions include permissive reporting of the financial exploitation to Minnesota’s Commissioner of Commerce and the Adult Abuse Reporting Center as well as to some third parties.