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Asked on: 2/15/06, 11:31 pm

Is this financial elder abuse?

My stepsister was put on my stepfathers checking and savings accounts (held as joint tenants) for the ''sole purpose'' of paying his expenses at his mobile home (space rent, utilities,etc) and at assisted living, when he went to assisted living because it was near her home. He kept his mobile because he wasn't sure if he wanted to go to assisted living, but she convinced him to go telling him they would treat it as a vacation and he could return home if he didn't like it there. While he was alive, excessive amounts of money were unaccounted for. He passed away unexpectedly 9 weeks after being there. The day after he died she removed the rest of the money, except for a small amount..I guess to keep the accounts open. These accounts were left to another person in his will that he made approxiamately 2 years earlier. Also, after he died 3 months ago, she has refused to pay the space rent, property taxes and other expenses for the mobile home.To avoid a lien being put against it, we have been forced to pay these expenses which she was supposed to pay from his accounts. Is this considered ''Elder Abuse or self dealing?'' From what I've read about situations like this, it sounds like it. Your help would be greatly apprecated. Thank you.

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