First, be sure that you have and continue to keep good records of all of your expenditures of your mother's money.
It is time for you and your mother to do some planning. If she hasn't appointed you agent under a Power of Attorney, and hasn't signed a Health Care Power of Attorney and living will, it is time to call an attorney who will meet with her and discuss these important documents that will help immensely if and when she becomes incapacitated. And, since there seems to be a disagreement between you and your sister, your mother needs to make her wishes crystal clear, both in her POA's and in a Will. Know that the attorney is to represent your mother, and to promote her wishes, and he or she should be paid from your mother's funds.
If the Area Agency on Aging finds no basis for the abuse complaint, it will close its file eventually.
At the very least, ask you mother to confirm in writing the facts as you state them -- that all decisions are hers and that you have done nothing other than follow her instructions. But you should contact an attorney soon. If your mother doesn't want to pursue estate and disability planning, you should consult with an attorney, at your own expense, to discuss how to protect yourself from future questioning.
Best wishes to you.
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I am not sure what you would need an attorney for, at this point. There was an investigation and you were vindicated. Were you suggesting that you might want to try to sue your sister for making the allegations in the first place? I do not think you can do this. She is entitled to ask for an investigation. Now that you have been found innocent, it would be much harder for her to allege problems in the future. You probably DO want to make sure that your mom's estate planning is all in order and is complete. THAT would require an attorney.
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You may not need an attorney at this point if the Agency on Aging drops its investigation, but you are still subject to having complaints filed against you in the future. As suggested, you need to keep good records. You and your mother would also benefit from seeing an elder law attorney about preparing a written personal care agreement.Ask a similar question
In addition to what Ms. Mcnicholas stated, I would suggest you have your mother's treating physician meet with your mom about her wishes and to document them.
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The information provided by Atty. McNicholas is all correct. I would get an elder law attorney involved to interview mom and get those essential documents-POA, Will, Living Will, etc. Being proactive can save you and your mom a lot of stress and expense down the road.Ask a similar question