Richard Samuel Price's answer You would look through her important documents to see if she had a will. Even if she didn't have a will, then you may still be entitled to an inheritance. You could check the county probate court to see if a probate action was initiated for her estate. Was she married when she passed? Did she own real estate when she passed? Bring your information to an attorney in your area for a full consultation.
Terry Lynn Garrett's answer If your father has legal capacity to contract, he has legal capacity to select his own caregiver. On the other hand, you have a right to decide who comes in your home. It sounds as though the company has not discovered a difficulty. What evidence of exploitation do you have? Do you think that it would stand up in court? Think about this and see what the doctor says. Maybe you could alternate this person with some others and find someone else whom your father likes.
Charles M. Baron's answer Her homestead status protects her from foreclosure/eviction, not from fines. Also, her age does not protect her from fines. She needs to hire an attorney (or see if the local Legal Aid/Legal Services office can represent her) to contest the code violations at the hearing. Often, the code enforcement officials are willing to reach a settlement with the "violator", and having an attorney contesting the matter would give her more leverage in settlement negotiations.
Jay Braddock Jackson's answer I don't see a question in your statement of facts, but assuming that your question is whether or not you would have a case against the memory caregiver, it is not possible to tell. There are so many variables and other facts to discover before an opinion can be made. Additionally, you must know the accepted standard of care owed by the caregiver for the condition with which your father was dealing. Getting the Adult Protective Services and Department of Licensing involved was necessary. I also...
Richard Winblad's answer It depends upon the level of dementia. If she doesn't have sufficient competency to understand what she wants, the law has provisions for who makes the decisions.
63 OS Section 3102.4
When an adult patient or a person under eighteen (18) years of age who may consent to have services provided by health professionals under Section 2602 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes is persistently unconscious, incompetent or otherwise mentally or physically incapable of communicating,...
Terry Lynn Garrett's answer NO! Medicaid has a five year look back period. Transfers for less than fair market value (which a gift always is) are presumed to be transfers in an attempt to qualify for Medicaid and will result in a penalty period during which Medicaid will not pay for your mother's care. The penalty period could be several months to several years, depending on the value of the home.
In Texas, as long as your mother checks a box on the Medicaid application saying that she has an intent to return...
Sally Bergman's answer Very likely yes, you can rescind, but it will not necessarily be an easy or inexpensive process if your brother, broker and the purchaser do not agree with you. For certain, you need to retain the services of a trust and estates litigation attorney and the sooner you do that, the better.
If what you say is true, that your Brother had you Mother sign a Power of Attorney knowing that your Mother lacked capacity, then this is a serious matter indeed. Particularly if there is an "inside" deal involved. The issues is that your Mother, as the property owner, holds the cause of action which her conservator would bring on her behalf. (Or, if there is no conservator, the court can appoint a guardian ad litem.)
Unless you are deemed incompetent they probably cannot force you. You may want to explore other options including home health, Oklahoma ADvantage program (assistance provided at state cost to you), assisted living etc.
You should consult your physician for his or her evaluation of your health.
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer You cannot contest a will before the person has passed. Your mother could voluntarily change the appointment of the executor at any time and make the point moot. You also need to have standing to challenge the nominated executor, as well as having an actual legal issue to challenge the nominated executor, which usually requires wrongdoing on the executor's part.
Sally Bergman's answer You can never "force" anyone to choose a particular individual for a power of Attorney. The person who is choosing an agent for a power of attorney must freely, and while mentally capable, choose an individual they have complete faith and trust in to act in their best interests. This also means that if your mother's dementia has progressed to the stage where she no longer has mental capacity, she cannot create a power of attorney or any other legal document. In that event, unfortunately, a...
Kathryn Hilbush's answer When you say clean out, does that mean you intend to store her effects or get rid of them? Even though she doesn't have a will doesn't mean there will no be an estate raised. You might do best with staying out of this or, if your conscience won't allow that, then you could meet with an experienced trust and estates attorney to learn what you might be able to do. Since you haven't mentioned whether your friend is legally competent, I can't suggest that you have her sign paperwork permitting you...
Mark Oakley's answer You need to re-ask this question under Florida law, which will apply to your father's situation. Florida has very aggressive guardianship and elder abuse laws (including financial exploitation) and you will need a Florida lawyer to advise you, as well as answer any questions. Your facts raise many questions, including whether your father was competent to sign any POAs at the time he signed them. Certainly family members can petition to be appointed guardian. Setting aside a deed transfer...
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