I'm concerned that an extremely ill woman appears to have been manipulated into giving powers of attorney over health care and her financial affairs to a non-relative who has been mismanaging her accounts. The holder of the POAs transferred virtually all the money away from a joint account (into an unknown account) without having communicated with either the woman or the joint accountholder (her beneficiary) in advance. She failed to keep track of the ill woman's legal papers and refused to answer questions about where to look for them. She has been writing herself checks from the joint accounts without any oversight, has not been avoiding financial conflicts of interests, and has not been accounting for her expenditures.
Is there a legal authority that could look into this situation? The local police department or the state Attorney General? Can a public guardian or something like that be asked to oversee the ill woman's financial affairs?
Adult Protective Services would be the agency to contact regarding the elder abuse. You could also ask them what there procedures are. In MI where I live, APS would start protective proceedings for the abused elder and then relatives would be located and if not located a public administrator/guardian would be appointed. Here is a link to resources. https://www.idahoaging.com/protection/index.html
My best to you and the elder.
Our Rating is calculated using information the lawyer has included on their profile in addition to the information we collect from state bar associations and other organizations that license legal professionals. Attorneys who claim their profiles and provide Avvo with more information tend to have a higher rating than those who do not.What determines Avvo Rating?Experience & background
Years licensed, work experience, educationLegal community recognition
Peer endorsements, associations, awardsLegal thought leadership
Publications, speaking engagementsDiscipline