I have 2 elderly parents, 87 and 89, one with dementia. They live alone and have refused any safety precautions I have tried to put in place. As an only child I want to keep them safe. What are my legal reponsbilities and liabilities. What if I am out of the country and something happens. Am I liable?
You would not be liable for the actions of your parents. However, to the extent they cause damages to themselves or others, any monies necessary to compensate for such liability would be owed by them and ultimately their estate. So, indirectly, if you would likely receive an inheritance from your parents, it may be diminished by any liability they incur. Bottom line, it pays to ensure your parents are taken care of while you're out of the country.
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