I now have used my POA for my mother. Since taking over I have found elder abuse. Any advice?

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Mum was self supporting up until a couple of months ago. She has had a couple of serious falls and is in hospital. Now needs aged care. My sister and her family have lived in her home for over 15 years, paying no rent. They have always had a high income and many investments. They have sold another property owned by my parents and made improvement on mum's home for their benefit, including a pool. My mother signed a guarantor for my brother in law for $150,000 line of credit 10 years ago at the CBA and they have used all of mum's pension, some to pay this interest only amounts. I believe this was against her wishes. Some of which may have been used for funding their investments. She now needs aged care and I am finding it difficult to move them out and let real estate agents access the home. With only a small amount of money from the time she has been in hospital it will be a costly exercise until I can sell her home (The CBA will take $150,000 from the sale) to place her in an aged care facility. My sister refuses to pay anything towards a daily fee, even though still living in the home. It is sad to hear of elder abuse and some advice is that it will be costly to challenge the CBA guarantee or financial compensation to mother's assets from these issues. My concern is to ensure mum is cared for going into aged care and selling her home to pay the aged care costs. My sister is furious that my mother did a POA for me as she was fearful of my sister as a bully. What law firms specialise in elder abuse issues?

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" What law firms specialise in elder abus issues?"

You will have to call them on the phone and ask.
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You have two immediate concerns.

1. When is your mother likely to be ready for discharge from hospital? There will be a discharge team or hospital social worker who can help you prepare for this and advise on how to get her admitted to an appropriate care home, including the short-term financing.

2. You then need to get a grip on the accounting of your mother's income and assets. It sounds as if you have done some of that; but how much headway have you made in explaining to your sister that she and her family will need either to buy your mother's home at the market rate or to relocate?

Are you in Australia?
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It's very important that you find a lawyer who Specializes in elder law. Just as one goes to a divorce lawyer for divorce and a criminal lawyer for criminal defense. That is their specialty. Just as you go to a urologist or a gynecologist for certain health issues. The same applies to the elderly's rights. Seek the one who specializes in it.
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Hmm ... if they have sold mother's property and used the money for themselves within the last 5 years, that will be considered "gifts" by Medicaid and will disqualify her from a period of time. Keep that in mind if you are worried about getting your sister in trouble.
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I agree with cmagnum ... call APS. Also start eviction proceedings to evict your sister. Also contact an attorney who specializes in Elder Law, to be sure the house sale is handled in the most advantageous way for mother's eligibility for Medicaid going forward. Actually, maybe seeing the lawyer first would be good. You can get advice on how and to whom to report your sister and to remove her from the house that will be sold.
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Call your county or city adult protection agency. I think you also need the advice of a lawyer who knows elder law really well.
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