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Q: My father, who lives in Washington, DC needs to get out of a reverse mortgage scam. He wasn't 100% to sign a contract.

He was approximately 80 at the time. Diminished vision. Emotionally compromised. Victim of phone and mail fraud.

Richard Sternberg answered on Feb 19, 2019

You should have a consult with a lawyer before he dies. The facts matter, and they should not be discussed in an open forum.

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Q: I like to know if there is an attorney in Washington, DC that handles abuse of power of attorney type cases

Mark Oakley answered on Feb 13, 2018

Any estates and trust lawyer, many family law attorneys, guardianship lawyers, and civil litigators, can handle such matters, depending on the nature of the abuse of the POA. Essentially, it is a breach of fiduciary duty to use a POA for purposes other than the best interests of the principal, and... Read more »

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Q: Only child/Executor of parents' estate. Aunt offers to pay for an executor atty for my mom. How do I get her to cease

I am an adult only child and through recent estate planning have been named Executor to my parents' estate. My parents are elderly and vulnerable. My father has Alzheimer's disease. My 80-year old aunt has invited herself to visit to take care of my mother during her recovery from surgery in a... Read more »

Richard Sternberg answered on Oct 28, 2017

If you are the sole beneficiary in the Will, you might be able to handle it, but a legal consult can’t hurt. Sometimes, having a lawyer as PR is a wise choice, and lawyers can’t charge twice for their roles as PR and counsel. But, if you are worried about undue influence from your Aunt, it... Read more »

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