danielle kockos wants to volunteer 2016-05-22 10:53:14 -0700
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danielle kockos signed Take The Pledge 2016-05-22 10:36:26 -0700My stepmom would not tell me that my father was dying and not doing well. I suspect she had my father’s Will changed so she would not have to share anything with me and my sisters. My father was legally blind and poor hearing that could only hear with a hearing aid. this is when she had her friend re-voke his Will and the new one she sent me is for my Stepmom to be the sole beneficiary if she survives him. My stepmom is 18 years younger so I’m sure she knew with my Dad’s heart condition to be very rigid with care. Last September 2015 she took my Dad out of state to a County Hospital who knows what she told them. My Dad could not hear or see so it was up to my stepmom to ensure proper care. Of course she did not and Oh no my father was put on Life Support then she decided immediately after speaking to the doctor to pull the plugs. No notification except to tell my wealthy sister only. Unfortunately I’m not wealthy so she doesn’t talk to me since I don’t mix with her social class. I found out through another relative. I rushed back East and got a flight drove to my Dad’s house and stepmom would not give me any solid information just that you know my father wouldn’t want me to spend money on a trip. Very insensitive when I was there stated that my father was already cremated ! I got there a day after he passed she said oh yes the hospital took care of it nothing to see. Let me stay the night, then she was very unhospitable left and went back to California. After a month went by I wrote to my Stepmom regarding a Will my diplomatic father stated in the 1995 that not to worry I would get my share . My stepmom called my wealthy sister and told her not to worry about a Will that I get nothing ! I then called the other executor on my father’s Will and she sided with my stepmom. The executor at least told me she wrote the Will for my father but that is my Stepmom’s friend. How could my father really know what they are doing when my father cannot see or hear well for that matter ! Moreover the executor family husband, mother and grandmother signed to be witness all the family and friends of my stepmom ! Bottom line my stepmom did not care for my fathers health and got rid of him and cremated quickly and re-wrote the Will to favor herself. She probably paid her well to stand by her for the Will they did when my Dad cannot she or hear well ! My stepmom added injury to the insult left his ashes out of State and she hates to drive in Boston she said so why would she leave him there ? If she truly loved him she would of have had him close to her home ! I inquired to have some of his ashes but she is the only one who can give authority to give his ashes out. Her friend and her wrote in the Will that my father did not want a funeral ! My father wanted to be cremated but never spoke of never funeral. It just makes her life easy that way take the death certificate ,take all his financial investments , house and make sure her life is comfortable and no regard to me his daughter She told my sister to stop looking for anything that I would get nothing ! Not even any memorabilia ! I still want to fight for my rights as a daughter and be compensated for being mistreated regarding my father’s death and for my father’s abuse by my stepmom who only cares for herself and took advantage of his disabilities !2,434 pledges
Stop the Silence. Promote Awareness. Raise your Voice.
- 1 to 2 million Americans age 65+ report having been abused by a loved one or someone they depend on for care.
- Only 1 in 14 incidents of elder abuse are ever reported to authorities.
- Only 1 in 25 cases of financial exploitation are ever reported, meaning there may be at least 5 million financial abuse victims each year.
You can do your part to end the silent epidemic of elder abuse by taking the pledge to stand up against elder abuse. There are 10,000 people who are turning 65 each and every day (Pew Research Center), and we are rapidly approaching a time where nearly 50% of the population will be 65 or older. Together, we can end the silence of elder abuse by standing united and raising our voices against this growing problem.
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