I responded immediately that I did not sign them and have not received a response. I had been so focused on my dad’s well being that I have not taken any additional actions. I have their IP address proving where the signature came from and the signature looks nothing like mine. This facility is shady and I wouldn’t be surprised if this has happened often.
This is not estate planning, but I had a difficult time determining which section should address this. I put it under elder law, because those of us who practice in this area have often confronted this issue. I have two suggestions before you hire an attorney (although at some point you may choose to do so). Call the Florida Elder Abuse Hotline and/or call your state attorney. Elder abuse is a crime and so is forgery.
Sounds very suspicious. I handled a very similar matter where we retained a handwriting expert who verified the facility forged my client’s signature on an arbitration agreement.
When there is smoke, there is fire. I am assuming your father’s passing was under suspicious circumstances.
Speak with a nursing home negligence attorney ASAP. We all provide free consultations so there is no risk in speaking with a few of us and choosing the lawyer with whom you feel most comfortable.
Please let me know if you have any further questions,
You have not told us about the significance of the disputed signature. Why does it matter?
If the disputed signature binds you to some liability or appears to waive a jury trial over any dispute, then it is important. Speak with your attorney and show them the document.
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