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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.
There is no legal problem if she accompanies you willingly back home as long as she is not mentally incompetent to make that decision and the boyfriend doesn't have any sort of power of attorney over her. However, it's actually illegal for the landlord to just kick her out. She has to first post a three-day notice of the lease violation, and then if your mother-in-law doesn't leave, then the landlord has to go to court and file an eviction suit to have her removed from the premises (along with her boyfriend). The landlord should probably consult with an attorney in Virginia before she takes any action.
I mention that because I wouldn't want you to drive 450 miles only to find that they're going to stay in the apartment until a judge legally removes them. An eviction takes a few weeks. But it is perfectly legal for you to drive to Virginia, ask your mother-in-law if she wants to get in the car, and bring her back to Alabama if she agrees to go with you. I can't imagine what the boyfriend would try to sue you for, because there's no cause of action there.
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