If someone says they have reported you to Adult Services is it investigated, do they contact you?

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Allegations are false. My husbands youngest sister wants complete control over their Mom and bullies all the siblings. Actually she thinks nothing of getting in anyones face and going off on them. Mom, 85, is in the early stages of dementia and loves all of us to come visit and do things for her. We have asked numerous times, and have yet to see, legal documentation of POA, which Sis claims to have. If those were Mom's wishes we are ok with it, just want to legally know. There have been ugly disagreements, which we do not discuss with Mom, although Sis doesn't hesitate blabbing to Mom her side of any arguement, trying to make us look bad. This upsets Mom, but Sis yells at all of us for upsetting Mom. As far as we know Mom is still able to make her own decisions. She is not a wealthy woman. If Mom requests us or a sibing to take her to do something, Sis will call the person or business where we have been and yell at them telling them she is POA, then abusively attack us. She accuses us of messing with Mom's finances even if there is no cost to doing something Mom has requested. Sis is the only one to have a debit card to Mom's checking account. She has recently sent the same accusatory certified, not legal, letter to all siblings badmouthig us and telling us what we can and cannot do for Mom and that "I am POA PERIOD,". We all considered the source and had a good laugh. In the letter she stated twice that she has reported my husband and me to Adult Services. This accusation is completely false. My question is, will Adult Services contact us? We suspect she is lying about the report. My husband and I both do jobs in which we have had background checks and fingerpriting done, we have never done anything to hurt or upset Mom. I almost say bring it on, but it upsets me that someone would tell lies about us to others. We want to work together for the health, safety and welfare of Mom, but constantly recieve resistance from the younger Sis. Thanks for any suggestions. Feels good just to vent and know we are not alone. Thanks for reading.

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Or a flat out liar that wants control badly!
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If your sister-in-law really did have POA I would think that, according to your description of her, she would wave the POA in your face while doing a told-you-so dance. That she refuses to show it to you.....methinks she is a phony.
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If one is reported to APS, the one reported will be investigated & HELPED.
APS is another helping hand in all of this & they do help.
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And, yes APS is required to make contact with the parties within 72 hours in my area.
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Been there, done that. I have been taking care of my Mom with Alzheimer's for three years now. Sisters decided I must be taking money from Mom since I continue to do this. They reported me to APS, all completely false allegations. They closed the case very quickly with only the statement that I did not have access to Mom's funds. I think sissies used it as a scare tactic so they could relieve their guilt by putting mom in a facility. Oh, and one of those sissies was Mom's POA. So, she darn well knew, and if she didn't, she should have known what was going on with Mom's funds!

A few months later, I decided sis must have something to hide, what she was doing just did not make sense. So, yes I reported her to APS. Now banks will not provide information to APS without a court order, but banks will often run their own investigation to determine what has happened with the accounts. Well, imagine my surprise one day when trying to pay a copay for Mom's PT that her account had been frozen. I do not know the answer for sure, but I have a bunch Sissie dearest took Mom to her financial institutions to have her name added to Mom's accounts. They call that undue influence even if done by the POA and is a crime. In this case it could be grand larceny. She will get her due.

I also suggest that you request APS to investigate sis. Also, if Mom is competent she can change her POA, if there even is one, any time she wants. In fact, you need to get these documents in place to protect her. And Mom does not need to tell sis that she has changed POA, nor do you. The problem I see is if sis has changed ownerships on Mom's accounts and made herself coowner. That is where APS comes into play.

There are two types of POA's. One is "standing" the other "springing". Springing requires the person to be incapacitated before the POAcan do anything. If it is standing, then POA can act at any time. This is the case for both medical and financial POA's.

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Thank you all so much, I am so glad to have found this site. I actually have had it saved for quite awhile and all of a sudden today it was in plain site, a sign to me to ask others. Vstefans you are so right on with your response, thank you.
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Not all calls to APS are investigated. They are screened to determine whether they should followed up on. If they are screened out you won't know about it. If it's screened in the allegations will be investigated and the alleged perpetrator and actions discussed.
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Red flags are flying. Sis is hiding something and fending you all off with a lot of phony hostility. She possibly does not even have POA and whether she does or doesn't, she could very well be siphoning off as much of Mom's funds for her own use as possible. If she can successfully get all of you out of her hair she can have free rein to do whatever she wants. Calling in phony reports is a fear tactic too - APS should talk to you as well as to Mom, and the reports should be unfounded. You might have reason to call APS to investigate her, though I would bet she can make everything look OK and Mom would be unaware of anythign nefarious going on behind her back.

I think it is time to get an elder law attorney and get some accounting of what;'s gong on - you have some right to see the actual documents, and to find out under what conditions a POA can be removed (they are required to act in the best interest of the person they are POA for). Sorry this is happening to your family - but it won't be the first sad story like this we've heard on here. Picking the wrong caregiver or POA can be a disaster.
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Thank you all for responding. I write down my thoughts and did so in response to the false accusations in the "certified letter", I didn't send it. It makes me feel better just to "vent" while it's fresh in my mind and to have as reference if needed. She goes off on us in text messages when she thinks we are doing something behind her back with Mom, those are kept too. Some people can be so disfunctional and jealous. We are all in our 50's and 60's, she has nothing to show for her life, the rest of us do. She is vindictive and nasty person, I refuse to stoop to her level. Again thanks for responding.
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SuzyandRich, if the sister has a hard copy of a Power of Attorney [financial POA? or Medical POA?], I would look to see who wrote it up, and everyone go to the attorney and have him/her explain to the sister what that POA actually means.... sounds like sis mistakenly thinks she has total control over everything.
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