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How can you tell if a sibling is taking advantage of an aging loved one?

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2021 | Estate Litigation

As your loved one ages, something that you should watch out for is those who would take advantage of their state. Your loved one may have moments of confusion or not be completely aware of what’s happening around them. As they are now, they deserve support and respect, not to be taken advantage of.

Unfortunately, some people will try to take advantage of elders who cannot stand up for themselves, protect their own interests or let others know what’s happening. That’s why you should look for red flags that your sibling is taking advantage of your parent or other relative.

3 signs your sibling is taking advantage of a loved one

The first sign that your sibling may be taking advantage of a loved one is suddenly spending a lot more time with them after finding out that they are mentally impaired or dealing with bouts of confusion. They may have good intentions and want to spend more time with them while they’re able to recognize who they are, but sometimes, there is a darker hope to take advantage of that person while they’re unable to protect themselves.

Financial abuse is a common problem for elders who are in mental decline or who lack capacity. Is your loved one’s bank account dropping quickly? Is your sibling suddenly flush with money? These could be signs that your sibling is taking advantage of someone you care about.

Finally, if you start to notice that items are going missing from your elderly loved one’s home, it’s time to start checking when those items are leaving the household. If your sibling is taking items from the estate when the elder isn’t looking or has convinced them to give up items during times of confusion, then they are taking advantage of your loved one.

You don’t have to stand by and watch your loved one face abuse

These are some signs that your sibling is taking advantage of an elderly loved one. If you think this is happening, it’s time to learn more about your legal rights, so that you can take action to protect your loved one and their estate.