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Fri May 25, 2018, 08:52 PM

Elder parents committing fraud and threatening, anyone been through this?

This is a long nightmare, history of domestic abuse as a child and young adult. Had a few years of peace, but my father got severely abusive again a few years ago. I cut off almost all contact since I began having flashbacks of traumatic events. Lots of therapy in the last year, but the last few weeks have been traumatic. I firmly believe both parents are narcissists but one is dominant.


I just found out elder parent signed a contract with a company (representing that he was authorized to do so) and cashed a check when he did not have the legal right to do so. When the company found out they contacted me and all of this was news to me. He took the money and gave a bunch to my siblings and well, you get the picture. The parents called and made threats for me to basically cover for their crimes and sign the contract with the company (they returned money to company) telling me I had 24 hours to make a decision or they would consider "cutting me out of estate" (he just tried to steal what my grandparents left me) and after a week I am still in shock and angry.

I did record the call. I am doing a lot of research to determine how to handle. I hate to see 80 year olds die in prison so am considering a contract that if they violate it, then I press charges.

So far I am counting 6 or 7 crimes.

What would you do if you were in a fragile emotional state like I am? I have a badass attorney, but in my state processing this is still difficult.

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Reply Elder parents committing fraud and threatening, anyone been through this? (Original post)
cpamomfromtexas May 2018 OP
dhol82 May 2018 #1
cpamomfromtexas May 2018 #12
AJT May 2018 #2
cpamomfromtexas May 2018 #3
elleng May 2018 #4
cpamomfromtexas May 2018 #5
elleng May 2018 #6
AJT May 2018 #7
cpamomfromtexas May 2018 #8
AJT May 2018 #9
no_hypocrisy May 2018 #10
cpamomfromtexas May 2018 #13
no_hypocrisy May 2018 #16
cpamomfromtexas May 2018 #17
cpamomfromtexas May 2018 #20
enough May 2018 #11
cpamomfromtexas May 2018 #14
The Velveteen Ocelot May 2018 #15
WhiteTara May 2018 #18
cpamomfromtexas May 2018 #19
WhiteTara May 2018 #21
cpamomfromtexas May 2018 #22
WhiteTara May 2018 #25
Rhiannon12866 May 2018 #23
cpamomfromtexas May 2018 #29
raven mad May 2018 #24
cpamomfromtexas May 2018 #27
Cary May 2018 #26
cpamomfromtexas May 2018 #28
Cary May 2018 #30
WhiteTara May 2018 #31
cpamomfromtexas May 2018 #34
Duppers May 2018 #32
cpamomfromtexas May 2018 #35
lunatica May 2018 #33
cpamomfromtexas May 2018 #36

Response to cpamomfromtexas (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 08:55 PM

1. any chance dementia might be setting in?

They are the right age and elders can do some really weird stuff when they are in the dementia loop.

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #1)

Fri May 25, 2018, 09:43 PM

12. He was always this way. I think he was always a narcissist

But everythingís just enhanced now.

My mother says she canít remember getting beaten up. But she is crazy too.

I canít believe I survived them. My Grandmother gave me someone to look up to. It was a nightmare at home.

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 08:55 PM

2. I would divorce myself from the situation and leave it to the "bad ass" attorney.,

as long as you trust this attorney.

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Response to AJT (Reply #2)

Fri May 25, 2018, 08:57 PM

3. Best friends growing up, 1st in his law school class, trust him with my life.

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Reply #3)

Fri May 25, 2018, 09:00 PM

4. Good. We're with you.

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Response to elleng (Reply #4)

Fri May 25, 2018, 09:04 PM

5. Thank you, I feel so on edge and alone.

I hate that they bring out the nightmare memories in me. My grandmother would never have left him in charge if she had known. I didn't tell her all of the things I should have but now I'm learning that kids frequently don't tell.

I'm glad society is changing and kids know they can tell adults. In a small town, I really felt like I had no one to tell. And if I did, and he found out about it, he might kill me.

I look back at photos of myself and I was so terrified I could barely eat. I literally looked like a concentration camp survivor. I look severely stressed in almost every photo.

I can't believe all of this is popping out so many years later. Pretty scary stuff.

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Reply #5)

Fri May 25, 2018, 09:06 PM

6. I'm sure you do feel alone,

and very glad you have a good friend speaking in your interest.

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Reply #3)

Fri May 25, 2018, 09:06 PM

7. Then trust him to do what is best and allow for you to keep an emotionally safe distance.

I assume he knows your history with your parents and would always put your needs first.

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Response to AJT (Reply #7)

Fri May 25, 2018, 09:09 PM

8. Yes, he's a pro

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Reply #8)

Fri May 25, 2018, 09:13 PM

9. More than that, he's a trusted friend.

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Response to AJT (Reply #2)

Fri May 25, 2018, 09:27 PM

10. Agreeing with AJT. DON'T TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS DECISION.

Let your attorney handle it.

And personal experience talking to you: be prepared to be "left out" of the Will. I had a father like yours and my siblings would warn me to be careful or Dad would leave me out of the Will. Well, he died and to show that he loved us all the same, he left ALL OF US out of the Will and devised $35,000 to the neighbor across the street. Don't let your father control you with that threat.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #10)

Fri May 25, 2018, 09:46 PM

13. I had gotten there with therapy but his recent

Crimes put me back a step or two.

The last thing they want is for me to come back stronger but I always do.

And you are right. He is pissed I can make it without them.

If he dies in prison I admit that would make me happy.

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Reply #13)

Fri May 25, 2018, 10:05 PM

16. Dear cpamomfromtexas,

I speak to you with empathy and compassion. Today I may have discovered what was wrong with my father, my childhood, etc. and it may apply to you: the dark triad. Wikipedia the term and then read some articles like this one: http://flyingmonkeysdenied.com/2016/03/08/growing-up-the-child-of-a-dark-tetrad-or-dark-triad-power-couple/

Please remember that your sanity is NOT FOR SALE. I am glad you posted tonight. We are here for you.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #16)

Fri May 25, 2018, 10:14 PM

17. Thank you!

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #16)

Fri May 25, 2018, 10:36 PM

20. Its an amazing website. I ran across it doing my homework.

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 09:39 PM

11. When the elderly parents go around the bend, it's hard to believe how deeply it affects

your own mental state. This is why itís so good that you have an effective lawyer who knows you and whom you trust. Best to back away as much as you possibly can and let the attorney deal with it.

Hoping the best for you, and it looks as if youíre on the right track. These family struggles often can never be resolved psychologically, but your trusted attorney can keep you from getting abused again in a different way.

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Response to enough (Reply #11)

Fri May 25, 2018, 09:47 PM

14. Yes and thank you.

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 09:59 PM

15. Let your badass attorney handle it and keep as much distance as you can.

If you get too emotionally tangled up in this, it's not likely to end well. Being cut out of their estate isn't good, but it might be a small price to pay for not getting embroiled in an unpleasant family situation that could go on for years.

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 10:22 PM

18. You are reliving your childhood trauma.

Let your badass attorney do their job. Step back, save yourself.

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #18)

Fri May 25, 2018, 10:32 PM

19. Working hard to make it stop.

Some days ok some days are nightmares

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Reply #19)

Fri May 25, 2018, 10:44 PM

21. I truly understand. My parents are both dead

my mother and I reconciled after he died and we were able to talk about her participation in our torture. But yours sound even more horrible and I am so sorry that you have gone through all you have. I'm glad you are in therapy. I spent one day a week with a therapist for over 3 years and we untangled so much, I hope that for you too. You deserve to thrive as a human, but if you let that rock of your parents drag you under water, you will drown. Let the attorney earn his/her keep.

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #21)

Sat May 26, 2018, 12:41 AM

22. Glad you could reconcile. I am not holding my breath

In high school I had a friend who had been brainwashed. In her recovery she said she came out angry. In many respects I see parallels as I have come out angry too.

It doesnít help when I see his behavior and mannerisms in Trump.

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Reply #22)

Sat May 26, 2018, 09:07 AM

25. I came out angry too

which I think is good thing. Anger helps move energy and make new choices. Of course, if you make your choices during great anger, you can become quite deluded as to the true way to move. I still vote for the badass lawyer!

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Original post)

Sat May 26, 2018, 04:25 AM

23. I don't have a solution to your heartbreaking dilemma, but I can recommend ACOA

It's not just for adult children of alcoholics, but for anyone struggling with parental dysfunction or abuse:

http://www.adultchildren.org/

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #23)

Sat May 26, 2018, 10:57 AM

29. Thank you.

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Original post)

Sat May 26, 2018, 05:01 AM

24. Get to an elder-care advocate and get an attorney.

We had to do this with my dad-in-love; his Alzheimer's would allow for nothing less. THE most wonderful guy I've ever met, and seriously had no brain cells left in year 9 through 10.

Keep recording everything. We were lucky; his will was in order and all bequests made including a video in the attorney's office a few years before.

If it's legally your money, almost any elder-care advocate (like the folks do in hospice care) can give you a referral. Hold your head up; there's a solution.

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Response to raven mad (Reply #24)

Sat May 26, 2018, 10:47 AM

27. Thank you. I will look into that.

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Original post)

Sat May 26, 2018, 09:27 AM

26. I'm sorry

I'm an attorney who does primarily probate and estate planning. These are difficult situations. In my opinion in, having seen this many times, it's not worth the emotional distress. But that is just my opinion. I would walk away.

Is it your responsibility to press charges? If.that would make you feel better then you should do it but I bet that turns out to be empty too. Preventing someone else from being victimized would be positive but that doesn't sound like what is happening here.

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Response to Cary (Reply #26)

Sat May 26, 2018, 10:56 AM

28. I tried to do just that two years ago but his actions

These last few weeks (just now finding out about it) Pulled me back in. Now I have to somehow get myself out without losing too much in the process. In between panic attacks from c-ptsd (decades of dealing with people like this does a bit of damage) I have to try to be a business woman. Reconciling the two halves is running me through the wringer.

I think feeling like Iíve been assaulted yet again is the hard part.

He made siblings accessories and if their employers get wind of this they are toast.

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Reply #28)

Sat May 26, 2018, 11:29 AM

30. So....

You have a choice. You do have the power to walk away.

You don't have to walk away but you need to know that you have that power. I tell my clients that I don't have their answer.but I can tell them what I would do if it were me and what I would do is walk away.

Here is what happens:

1) they give me a large retainer;

2) I go through that retainer like a hot knife through butter because a lawyer has to be aggressive on these cases;

3) client runs out of money making me either have to quit or effectively give them an interest freeoan;

4) I am a sucker so I don't withdraw, but that isn't good because I don't have resources to do things right when I am not being paid;

5) since the client isn't paying they don't accept settlements and get mad at me for telling them to accept.

I actually had one fire me after I insisted that she needed to take a.$200,000 settlement. I dont know how much she owed me. A few years later she settled for $15,000. I have no idea what she paid.her second attorney. I called her to express sympathy and she got abusive with me claiming I didn't tell her that the trustee had access to trust funds to fight her claim. Mind you she fired me for pushing her to settle and she stiffed me out of like $20,000.

So maybe that gives you some perspective.

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Original post)

Sat May 26, 2018, 12:05 PM

31. Here is an OP from today that answers this quesion

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #31)

Sun May 27, 2018, 10:27 AM

34. Very informative. Thank you. I am not alone.

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Original post)

Sat May 26, 2018, 01:47 PM

32. Both hubs and I had to "divorce" our parents.

Decades ago. He forfeited a quite a large inheritance but it was worth it.

Keep your distance and sanity. Let your attorney handle the mess.

My 2 cents. Wishing you good luck.



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Response to Duppers (Reply #32)

Sun May 27, 2018, 10:29 AM

35. Nice to know I am not the only one.

I never thought I would be drug into the middle of something like this.

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Original post)

Sat May 26, 2018, 10:56 PM

33. There is a basic truth about making hard decisions

There are only two ways we make decisions, as strange as that sounds. Either we choose to do what we want or we choose to do what is right.

Keep in mind that choosing to do what is right means everyone can benefit IF they also choose to. And choosing what is right is not always the easier choice. Sometimes the benefit comes by learning a hard lesson.

Everyone is accountable for what they do, or donít do. Everyone.

I hope this helps a little. Just stop beating yourself up, no matter what you do. Ultimately you must feel that you did the right thing.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #33)

Sun May 27, 2018, 10:30 AM

36. Excellent advice. Thank you.

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