Wauseon, OH asked in Elder Law, Personal Injury, Estate Planning and Family Law for Ohio

Q: Is a livein partner responsible if leave disabled partner home alone for unknown period of time and injuiry occurs?

Dad disabled and live in girlfriend left for a couple days-ish. She calls from cell and asks for well check. Deputies get there & break in - he unconscious & unresponsive on floor and covered from head to toe in dog feces. Dried, not fresh-yet the puppy they have is not anywhere to be found. He is in St. V's, and they will be harvesting any organs they can, and then pull the plug - he is brain dead. He was not a nice man, we all estranged from him, but no one deserves this, no matter what he has done. Our mother, who he beat regularly, even has prayed for him. Seemingly the girlfriend came back and found his condition, and took the dog and left to place the call. That is only our theory. But she is also claiming that his property - 70 acres farmland has been signed over to her. She bragged about this to a family friend, that when he was polluted she had him sign something. No one knows, but help would be great. We want to give him a service & cremate him, she not around with all this

1 Lawyer Answer
Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Canton, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: There is just too much baked into this question. The roommate, based on this description, does not have a specific duty to your father. I am certain that the police will look into this matter too find out what she knew and when she knew. The answer to those questions would impact my answer. If your father actually transferred property to her through a deed she may have a claim to it. You need to have all of the information and documents reviewed by an attorney that regularly practices in your father's county.

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