Pennsylvania  |  Elder Law

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Asked on: 1/05/11, 7:29 am

Hello I am not sure where to start. Well my grandfather appointed me power of attorney on his bank accounts only. My Aunt was helping him with his finances and his medications and she urged him and me to take over as the poa on his accounts so we went to the bank and did so. Not long after that I get a call he was doing really bad he was in the hospital and deemed incompetent he had no idea who I was. He has a son (my father) who is disabled and a step son that he has not spoken to in over 10 years. He had to go to a rehab facility where it was really bad he was hitting and kicking and biting people this was not my grandfather. I had to take sometime of work just because when the nursing home called I had to be there to try and calm him down. I used his account to pay some of my bills and have put the money back in there. He has come back to us now and is doing great. Well the big problem is my aunt his sister in law is opening his mail and copied bank statements and gave them to his step son and is wanting to know why I wrote out checks. I have done everything I am suppose to I pay his bills and the money I used when I couldn't work to help him is back in his account. He contacted the department of aging and I honestly don't know what he is doing. I contacted everyone when this happened and told them what was going on with him. The only thing my uncle worried about was the house and my father said he couldn't do anything because he has to worry about himself. My grandfather can't live on his own so at the end of the month he is planning on moving in with us. What should I do is what my Aunt did illegal? Is what I did illegal should I do anything else? And can my Uncle do anything? They are saying I am hiding him from them which is not the case I have phone records proving I called everyone and he has gotten christmas cards from family members at the nursing home. Can you give me some advise? Thank You!

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