Recent headlines surrounding the ordeal of 104-year-old socialite Brooke Astor chronicled a lawsuit filed by her grandson that accused his father of mismanaging his grandmother's financial affairs.For once, maybe the rich aren't so different: Experts predict that, for millions of Americans, the problems associated with relatives acting as trustees, guardians or conservators will only grow as the population ages. Policymakers are focusing on solutions that may well affect the way CPAs serve clients in the coming years.

On a national level, separate bills in both the House and Senate seek to address the burgeoning problem. Both are titled the "2006 Elder Justice Act," and each piece of legislation aims to increase the detection, prevention and prosecution of elder abuse.

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