Los Angeles, CA asked in Elder Law for Oregon

Q: Can my sister sue me for elder abuse if my elderly mother said that is not happening?

My sisters have stolen a property from my mother, and I'm trying to get it back for my mother with a lawyer. Her lawyer said those two sisters are trying to build a case that I'm elder abusing my mother by doing something she doesn't want to do. My 87 year old mother is 100% coherent and she knows I'm helping and protecting her.

My mother will not go along with their elder abuse set-up against me. She said they are awful people. She also is refusing to talk to them

Can these two sister sue me for elder abuse if my mother refuses to go along with them?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman
  • Elder Law Lawyer
  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: Elder abuse is based on a definition of elder abuse found in the Oregon Statutes: https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/124.005. Your mother's opinion, while not insignificant, does not determine if a case of elder abuse does or doesn't exist. You should get your own lawyer and discuss the facts of the situation in private with your attorney. Do not post details on the internet.

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