This is DEFINITELY 'Elder Abuse'. Report it to the Police (file a report) and to the State agency in California that handles Elder Abuse Cases --- possibly the California Attorney General's office. Next speak with an Elder Law attorney (easily found on Avvo.Com under Find-A-Lawyer). Good Luck on this !!
I suggest getting a local attorney asap and to consider filing a police report for elder abuse. Don't wait.
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Send a certified letter to the relative demanding she return the car to your mother with a certain time period. Clearly state that she doesn't have permission to possess or drive the car. If she does not return the car you can report it stolen.
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