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Overreaching Caregivers — what do you do?

Question: The caregiver whom we hired to take care of our mother ended up persuading her to change her estate plan that removed family members as beneficiaries. How could we have prevented her from unduly influencing our mother? Answer: It is important for adult children to communicate regularly with each other and their elderly parents, even if relations are strained or they live far apart. Children should be involved not only in the selection of a caregiver but also in the caregiver’s decisions. Financial decisions and financial accounts can be monitored electronically to help ensure there is no wrongdoing. For further information, contact a qualified elder law attorney.     For more information about Illinois law, visit  If you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit