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POA starting to abuse their power - what rights do we have?

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Senior Member, Non-Attorney
From PayrollHRGuy's link - actually a link under that link: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/home-and-community-services/types-and-signs-abuse

Signs of exploitation

  • sudden changes in bank account or banking practice, including an unexplained withdrawal of large sums of money
  • adding additional names on bank signature cards
  • unauthorized withdrawal of funds using an ATM card
  • abrupt changes in a will or other financial documents
  • unexplained disappearance of funds or valuable possessions
  • bills unpaid despite the money being available to pay them
  • forging a signature on financial transactions or for the titles of possessions
  • sudden appearance of previously uninvolved relatives claiming rights to a vulnerable adult’s possessions
  • unexplained sudden transfer of assets to a family member or someone outside the family
  • providing services that are not necessary
  • individual's report of exploitation


Senior Member, Non-Attorney
I just re-read this entire thread and realized that there is no claim of financial abuse (exploitation). The OP is more concerned that the other family members aren't allowed access. A more appropriate category may be this:

Mental mistreatment or emotional abuse is deliberately causing mental or emotional pain. Examples include intimidation, coercion, ridiculing, harassment, treating an adult like a child, isolating an adult from family, friends, or regular activity, use of silence to control behavior, and yelling or swearing which results in mental distress.
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