If I’m not directly involved with transactions, can I still pursue charges against my sister-in-law for embezzling from my parents via real estate?

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If I’m not directly involved with transactions, can I still pursue charges against my sister-in-law for embezzling from my parents via real estate?

My parents funded the rehabbing of homes, yet my sister-in-law took equity out of each home without paying my parents back. The amount is almost half a million dollars that she took from them. My parents aren’t willing to pursue charges, but I’m ready to do what I have to in order to right her wrong. They pay back 400 a month, which is an agreement they made with my parents, and something that will take 100 years to pay off.

Asked on December 7, 2016 under Real Estate Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unless you were personally involved in these transactions, you really have no standing to take legal action. That is unless you feel that a claim for elder abuse is appropriate. In which case, as your parent's daughter you could pursue legal action on their behalf.


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