My mother is 93 and has 24/7 help. I need to talk to her about my possessions which are in her house, to get them. My sister calls all the shots and I feel she has told the help whenever I call to ignore the call and messages. I have left 2 messages a day for the last 5 days. What can I do? She never gets my mail either.
I am not a licensed attorney in your state. However, I will tell you this: you need to reduce your attempts to retrieve your belongings in writing. This may set it up for a civil suit to retrieve your personal effects, or alternatively, fair market value of your belongings. Please contact a local civil attorney to address your matter properly.
You might want to try sending a certified letter (someone will have to sign for it) and include proof of what property/possessions are yours. If that doesn't work, you'll probably have to file suit for their return. Good luck.
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A small claims court replevin action may be an option if you can't get it resolved.
Lowell likely has elderly support, governmental and private. Research them and see if they can help.
I'm concerned about a bigger issue that you raise -- your sister's control of your mother. Is your mother competent? Does she want your sister in charge? If she is not competent, does your sister have any legal documents which authorize her actions?
If these issues are a concern, you may wish to call the local Elder Protective Services agency .
E. Alexandra "Sasha" Golden is a Massachusetts lawyer. All answers are based on Massachusetts law. All answers are for educational purposes and no attorney-client relationship is formed by providing an answer to a question.
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