Re: Hypothetical question....inheritance
I am a perfect example of this. My mother put my brother on all her bank accounts, and became his personal ATM. She never let me see a bank statement until tax time, and after a couple of years I finally figured out that the account amounts were going down not up, so I forced myself on the accounts, too. When I saw the checks he was writing, and after the promised me many time he would stop (and didn't), I told him to write one more check and I would prosecute him for Elder Abuse. He stopped.
In the meantime, I have taken in our mother and have basically supported her; she spends a little bit of money here and there, but I have it in accounts my brother can't touch. If she needs a nursing home, which I am trying to avoid, but it's getting hard, she will be able to pay for one.
And in her will, she leaves everything to him and his family. And my brother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's so if he goes into a nursing home, the government will get everything. Luckily, her will doesn't mention her cash funds so I have them secured for me and his kids.