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How Do I Protect My Elderly Parents From Siblings?

Siblings protecting elderly parents from other siblings.

What if you realize that one or more of your siblings are taking advantage of your elderly parent(s)?

What can you do?

Here’s what to do when a sibling takes advantage of your parent:

  • Document everything you can
  • Try a family meeting or intervention first
  • If that doesn’t work, investigate your legal options
  • Institute your legal power of attorney
  • Get guardianship transferred to you

The best thing to do is to first hold a meeting with everyone and confront the issue. A mediator or third party (that is not family) may be useful.

This could be a social worker, geriatric care manager, or elder law attorney.

But if that does not resolve the issue, then the next thing to do is to discuss the situation with an elderly law attorney.

A related article you may find interesting is What To Do If Sibling Is Taking Advantage Of Elderly Parents

Can You Take Legal Action Against Siblings?

Sometimes, the family problems are so intense that siblings feel they must take legal action against others in their family.

Including their brothers and/or sisters.

The reasons for this could include:

  • Dispute over their parents’ will.
  • Problems with one sibling taking advantage of the parent(s).
  • Disputes or problems with the Power of Attorney.
  • Downright greed and deceitful behavior.
  • Siblings denied inheritance.

Truthfully, there are many more reasons why one sibling would take another to court over their parents’ estate or issues related to their care.

I strongly recommend that you seek the help of an elder law attorney to help you if you find yourself in this situation.

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