From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My mother named me her Agent under her Gloucester County, New Jersey Power of Attorney, and I cared for her for years. Now my sister claims I embezzled and stole money using the Power of Attorney. How do I clear my name?
As Agent, you are permitted to retain a Gloucester County Surrogate’s Court Attorney to assist you in filing a Formal Accounting of all your actions as Agent. This accounting is then provided to all interested parties, who are free to either accept the terms or to object.
If they file objections, you are then able to address those objections in front of a judge. In the end, the judge rules on the evidence presented. If you have done nothing wrong, you are given a release of liability by the judge.
As author Kevin A. Thompson writes, “there is not a more explosive combination than money and grief.” Your sister is making serious claims against you, and it is in your best interests to use the courts to your advantage and obtain a release.
If you have questions about Estate Litigation in Gloucester County, feel free to contact our office for a free consultation.