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So my sister has lived with my mother for most of her adult life.  My sister is 48.  

My sister became a alcoholic & her care for my mother started to decline.  My mother is 71, retired, has had 2 knee surgeries, neck surgery, has back issues & is a cancer survivor.  My sister works as a waitress and she  lived in my mother’s house .  Due to my sisters alcoholism, which she has had numerous issues resulting in emergency services called for her.ie..fire department & police.  My husband had to several times go to their house due to my sister being passed out or injured due to her alcoholism.  He had taken her a few times to the hospital & to a rehab center to get her clean.  

 

We we recently found out that during the past 2yrs my sister stopped paying the mortgage & other bills that came with the house.  This then put the house into foreclosure.  Also found out from my mother that my sister took my mother’s life savings for her own personal self.  Leaving my mother with nothing.  My mother is on Ssi. Her only income.  My sister found her own place, told us and said take care of mom.  During this process my mother said to sell whatever we can and use that money to help out with whatever.  We ended up selling the appliances & a couch.  All totaling up to maybe a few hundred dollars.  My husband cleaned up the house, gathered things my mother wanted and brought them to our home & the rest to her sisters house.  

 

So we took my mother in to live with us.  We switched up a lot of things in our home to accommodate her.  We were now her new home.  She lived with us for about 6 months.  Then out of no where my sister wanted my mom to move in with her & my mother agreed.  So we moved her in with my sister.  

Then now my sister has been asking where certain things are from the house.  Fishing poles and equipment, speakers, DVD player & other miscellaneous things.  Things we have no idea what she talking about.  Also the money for what was sold.  She has been threatening to take us to small claims court for these things.  Has called my husband a liar, a thief.  My husband has Multiple Sclerosis & my sister has gone as far as saying “Enjoy your life your husband is going to be in his wheelchair sooner then later.  She has called me a money grubbing woman & only out for money.  Do we have to worry about this threat of small claims or ???.  She also sends me text messages at late hours in the night when I have to be up early to work.  What can I do & do I have anything to worry about.  

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6 hours ago, TJeff said:

 Do we have to worry about this threat of small claims or ???

 

You can't prevent someone from filing suit against you. However, if the facts turn out to be as you describe (i.e., that she is suing you for misappropriating things that you provably did not misappropriate or that you sold with permission of the owner -- your mother), then the court should find in your favor. You will have to attend the hearing and present your evidence.

 

6 hours ago, TJeff said:

She also sends me text messages at late hours in the night when I have to be up early to work.  What can I do & do I have anything to worry about.

Some phones allow you to block text messages from particular senders. Check whether your phone offers that capability.

 

 

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7 hours ago, TJeff said:

My sister works as a waitress

 

In a cocktail bar?

 

 

7 hours ago, TJeff said:

Do we have to worry about this threat of small claims or ?

 

No anonymous stranger on a message board is in any position to assess whether you should or should not be worried about something.  All I can tell you is that nothing in your post suggests your sister has any valid legal claim against you.

 

 

7 hours ago, TJeff said:

She also sends me text messages at late hours in the night when I have to be up early to work.  What can I do

 

I assume you can do lots of things.  If someone is disturbing your sleep by sending text messages, the rather obvious solution is not to keep your phone close enough to where you sleep that it will wake you up.

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She's just a mean person making empty threats that she will not follow through on.  Please disregard anything she says.

 

How much in "life savings" do you allege that she took?

How could she have gotten access to this money unless your mother gave her the bank card?

 

Did your mother give your sister a signed power of attorney to give her permission to handle your mother's finances?

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