For a while now, my parents have accused me of entering their home when they’re out of town and stealing from them. At their request, I submitted to a polygraph exam they arranged. I believe my sister and brother-in-law encouraged and supported this (for their own selfish reasons). On day of polygraph, my parents picked me up and took me to the exam. 3 hours later the exam was done and I returned to the lobby where my parents had been waiting.
When then examiner (retired police officer) came out, he informed my parents that I passed and was not in anyway involved in anything missing from their home. Much to my chagrin, I received a phone call the next day from my parents, advising they didn’t believe the examiner and “they knew better” and what was going on. Because my sister and brother-in-law have been given durable power of attorney (because of false allegations against me), they refuse to communicate with me regarding my parents. Background, I rent a property from my parents about 2 miles away. I pay rent and have never missed a payment, even after my husband died (5 years ago) and they were well aware that my income dramatically changed. Fast forward, I have made many repairs to the property because my parents weren’t receptive to my requests to fix things around the property. I do have receipts for everything I’ve spent my money on. It’s now been 1 year since the polygraph exam however, my parents still believe I’m stealing from them and continue to accuse me. My concern: Do I need to retain a lawyer in the event a criminal complaint is filed based on their accusations? I also believe their trust documents have been changed as a result of the accusations. Appreciate any thoughts/guidance anyone can share regarding this situation.