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Caregiver Exploitation: A Cautionary True TaleBy Barry-Lee Coyne, LCSW for Salem-News.com
This cautionary tale is shared as a warning for all of us to heed.
(SALEM, Ore.) - From evil deeds in life, one draws lessons. Without mentioning names, I need to share with readers an apparent case of Caregiver Exploitation that occurred to a dear friend. The older person in question was both seriously depressed and had dementia, according to various medical records. A family member stepped in to serve as caretaker for this woman of nearly 90. The will called for the estate to be equally split between her two children.
The outcome was that the caregiver somehow maneuvered to set up a joint account that would, in effect, not become part of the estate.
Much of this was kept secret until she died, and the actual death certificate stated cause as "Complications of Advanced Dementia".
Ironically, the caregiver shielded the older person from all witnesses who were is a position to potentially contradict. Thus, with no hard "medical proof", dementia fell by the wayside.
This cautionary tale is shared as a warning for all of us to heed. Unless the courts reverse the so-called "joint account", most of this lady's money will bypass the purpose of her will.
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