Asked in Elder Law for New York

Q: Is my sister committing elder abuse?

She has POA. She has sold some of our 91 yr old mom's property & given the $ to her daughter. She's giving Mom's house to her son & spending Mom's money to renovate it first. She leaves Mom alone for days with the same guy (42 yrs old & unmedicated bipolar) who screams at & threatens Mom. I tried getting Elder Services involved and they won't return calls! What can I do?

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Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz
  • Elder Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: It sounds like financial abuse at the very least. If Adult Protective Services are not responding, you can try your county’s District Attorney’s offices. Depending upon where you live, they may have a unit dedicated to elder abuse.

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