My 65 YO brother passed away 3 weeks ago. Prior to his demise he was caregiver/ power of attorney
/ on bank account of our 85 YO mother. She lived in his home and he had a "companion of his" in the home to assist her, clean, do laundry, cook and do some of the yard work. When she moved into his home July of 2012, she had $68,000 in her bank account. She also received $1800 a month in SS. When she moved in he took $20,000 out of her account to build a separate room for her on his home.
While living with him he paid he bills from her account ( insurance
, pharmacy, medical bills and.... His electric bill and the balance of household supplies & groceries. In addition to that her money has disappeared, she now has $7000, left to her name.
She has duplicate checks, but some of the books are missing, can't track where all the cash went.
We ( my wife and self) are now her care givers, she has to go into assisted living due to her medical issues ( in wheel chair and on oxygen), our home is loaded with stairs, not suited for wheelchair bound people.
Do we have any recourse to put a lien on the estate to recover her investment in the home improvements were made to or the assets of the estate.
We feel fraud was involved.