My sister is taking advantage of mom.

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For the past 30 years my sister has lived with my mom and dad and has never helped with expenses. She's been in and out of jail and in trouble for a good part of that time. Surprisingly, she has held a job in the last 8 years at a halfway house counseling addicts. The problem is when my dad died a few months ago from ahlzeimers, I found out my sister, who had been appointed POA when my dad got sick, had been taking anywhere from $1000 to $2500 per month from their checking account using an ATM card she had acquired for herself. She had also manipulated my mom into signing credit card convenience checks totaling over $20,000 made out to my sister, her daughter and her husband. I found this out when my dad died and my mom said she was missing money. My mom has since changed her will and I am now the DPOA, thank goodness. Then, about 2 years before my dad died, my sister temporarily moved out of my mom's house and into her daughter and son-in-law's home, claiming her daughter needed help with her child. However, a week after my dad was buried, my sister, her daughter and husband and child moved back into my mom's house. I didn't know why, but suspected they had lost their home. I was right. My problem is they have lived with my mom for over 8 months now, do not help my mom or contribute to any of the household expenses. The 3 of them together make over $100,000 a year. My mom is now in the early stages of dementia and is afraid to ask them to help with anything. I have told my mom they should be paying rent and helping with household expenses. They also just bought new cars, all 3 of them. Then today I found out the husband is addicted to drugs and got fired from his job. I feel this is elder abuse in the worst way, but don't know what to do. I have contacted APS, but they have done nothing. Help!

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Glad to hear the news, stay strong for your Mom.
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Since you are DPOA, YOU can have them evicted..your name only on the report. You are making the decisions FOR your mom with DPOA. I'd kick them out so fast they wouldn't know what hit them. It's not right for your mom to pay their way when they make all that money.
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Thanks for all the comments. Have hired an attorney to add my name to my mom's house deed so no one can sell the house and have sent copies of DPOA to banks and doctor, ATM's cancelled. I notified the police, but you can't file a police report anonymously and my mom "doesn't want to start any trouble." Ridiculous, I know. This is partly my mom's fault because she is afraid of them and afraid to kick them out at this point. She has been manipulated by all of them. She says they are helping when I know they're not. I look at my mom's accounts daily and she is the only one paying the bills, so for now, her money is safe. I will take this a day at a time. Will also contact APS again. Suzmarie, they lost their home because they were underwater, bought travel trailers, motorcycles, other toys and drugs, I suspect. Not really sure. I do know they refinanced their home several times. It's amazing that they are so irresponsible. Nursecarebear, when I contact APS will be more persistent and ask if there is someone who can intervene.
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I dunno why APS isn't investigating...i am sure they are understaffed like everyone and are focusing on neglect and physical abuse. Can you possibly find out why they have done nothing. There must also be some entity that makes POA's account for the moneys they have taken from the LO.

You probably suspect, as I do, that the monies your sister withdrew some time ago were not spent on your mother. It's time to make your sister proved that. Unfortunately, I don't know what entity that would be. Could you call an attorney and tell them about the previously spent monies that did not go to mom's care? maybe sister is paying herself for taking care of your mom? I am also curious how they lost their home if they are bringing in 100k. Just curious. You should also ask the attorney how you legally evict sister and offspring from your mom's home. Your mom shouldn't be in a position to do it. My mom was afraid of my sister That is, mom and dad pretty much had to go along with what my sister wanted or she would be mad and not talk to weeks--those weeks were painfully hard for my parents because they were not able to see their grandkids.
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Hi, Check out a book called They're your parents too by Francine Russo.
I briefly glanced at it and saw things like:

Elder-law attorney
Adult protective services
Lawyer "seek an accountability"
Sue for guardianship
Advance Directives
Financial Power of Attorney
Duable Power of Attorney
Fudiciary

I don't know what all this means but the book might explain it and it may help you....
Take care.
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I agree with all the posts. If your mom is like mine she has a heart of gold and doesnt want to upset anyone. However, they may ir may not acknowledge the abuse, someone needs to bring it closer to their attention. I wonder if a social worker from county elder services could intervene?
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You LO eveni in the early stages can make poor decisions that affect their livlihoods and as POA it is your responsibility to over see these matters. Your sis and her family are living rent free and expense free thus taking advantage of an elder in the early stages who is unable to defend herself or is fearful of doing so. Don't expect your mom to be strong and take action It is your job to do it as POA. Please get them out of the house before they take more whether it be cash or property. And,it might not be too late to file for fidicuary abuse of an elder regarding the monies your sister has already taken. Your mom is going to need money if she lives awhile with AD; ....honestly.
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All comments are good and we all agree....kick them to the curb....as DPOA you have the right and more importantly the obligation to protect your mom.. Get an elder abuse lawyer to assist you with the legalities, a pity APS hasn't helped, get police involved and get a restraining order against all three of them so they cannot return to mom's house when you aren't looking. Very best of luck to you, be strong!
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Hi, I am sorry about how your sister and other members are being. Your Mom is a easy target or victim. It is important to help her find a lawyer. I agree with what someone earlier said change her bank accounts to you and your Mom only....change banks completely.....
I would put all your Mom's papers in a safety box or firesafe. I would take inventory or pictures of your Mom's posessions.
Can you sell your Mom's house and move her with you or near you?
Is there anyone else who can help you legally to protect your Mom?
It is sad that some adult children are so selfish and use their parents.
I would close out any credit cards she has to stop your sister from using them.
Since we do my motherinlaws finances I don't know who you would need to take care of your Mom's finances if you can't or need help.
Can you put your Mom's money in accounts where your sister can not get to them or have any rights to them?
Can you rent out your Mom's house and force your sister and her brood to move out?
Do you need to go to the police or judge to evict them and press charges against your sister and whoever else has stolen from your Mom?
Your Mom isn't safe with a drug user in the house.
Do you live in the same town? Are you able to check on your Mom often?
I hope you find the help and answers you need to advocate for your Mom.....
Take care.
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take your POA documents to the bank, and have them cancel the existing ATM cards, change the bank account number, and whatever else they can do to keep the leech from draining that account. Then call the cops. They need to leave, immediately. Have a locksmith ready to change locks the moment they leave. Also, i wonder of those new cars were paid for outright, or if mom is on the hook for financing?
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