My mother is currently living with me here in MD. My sister invoked her POA, which was setup 17 months ago after the death of my father. My sister has cut my mother off from all of her money, (monthly social security, pension, house in PA, furnishings etc.) claiming me and my family are taking advantage of her and want her money. My mother suffers with stage 1 Alzheimers. My sister has been using my mother's funds for her own use since my father died in 2006. My sister resides in the family home. My sister does not accept any phone calls from us and has basically abandoned my mother here. My eldest sister and I have sent her a certified letter requesting an accounting of all of the spending since she took over the finances. We suspect either identity fraud and/or commingling of funds. She has not responded to us at all. What if anything can we do about this? Can we get an attorney and pay from my mother's estate?
My mother has been in my care since September but her legal residence is in Pennsylvania. She tried changing the POA but it was null and void since my sister had her deemed incompetent after a meeting in Aug with a psychologist. My sister has continually made bad decisions on behalf of my mother. Most recently canceling an Altzheimer policy which my father had on both he and my mother for years, then attempted to get a $300K life insurance policy on my mother naming her as the beneficiary.I have read the above account of a delimma that this individual is experiencing with respect to a family member abusing her role as Power of Attorney. It is a carbon copy of my present situation even to the detail of a Mother with Alzheimer's disease. My sister is abusing her role and I am at a loss as what to do.........if I report it I can't imagine the sorrow I would feel if indeed police action was taken. My lawyer has strongly recommended that I not receive any money from my sister when the sale of the family home takes place in a week's time. My sister has already taken from the cookie jar and just returned home from a holiday in Spain. She has been in communication with my brother and has involved him in the use of money from the estate prematurely------he is off to Flordia to buy a winter retreat!