Mother of member, Linda Kincaid
Summary: My mother, Carol Hahn, has dementia. In January 2010, Mom did not know her address or phone number. She worried that she did not have any money, although she had over $1M in accounts. She forgot conversations within hours. Mom was fortunate to have MG, her “dearest friend in the world”, to care for her. They lived together since 2007. Mom often said, “He is a jewel.”
In February 2010, I called Mom’s step-granddaughter to help. Mindy Martin is unemployed, and Mom was fond of her. I asked Mindy Martin to visit Mom and bring her new clothes. Mindy Martin said she loved her “Grandma”, would do anything for her “Grandma”, and didn’t want a penny for helping her “Grandma”.
Mindy Martin never visited Mom at her home. Mindy Martin did not bring Mom new clothes. However, Mindy Martin exercised undue influence to take control of Mom and her entire estate. Until June 2010, I was Mom’s sole heir (only child), and I was beneficiary or co-owner on her bank accounts.
Chronology: On June 5, 2010, Mom was taken from her home by her accountants, Audrey Nesvold and Susan Balkom. Mom’s front door was broken inward. The deadbolt splintered the wood of the door jamb. However, San Bernardino Co. Sheriff’s Department determined that no crime was committed. Audrey Nesvold and Susan Balkom placed Mom at Mission Commons in San Bernardino, telling staff that Mom had no family and was abused by MG. Mindy Martin told Mission Commons that Mom had no money to pay her rent.
On June 10, five days after being taken from her home, Mom signed a Power of Attorney (prepared and notarized by Riverside attorney Jaxon Miller) giving authority to Mindy Martin. Mom signed a Trust making Mindy Martin successor trustee. I challenged Mindy Martin on the validity of those documents, given Mom’s advanced dementia. Mindy Martin quipped, “I asked the attorney about that, and he said it would be OK.”
On June 19, Mindy Martin moved Mom to Wildwood Canyon Villa in Yucaipa. Mindy Martin instructed Wildwood to isolate Mom from family. Wildwood confiscated Mom’s cell phone. Wildwood restricted all phone calls and visits, unless approved by Mindy Martin. San Bernardino Co. Sheriff’s Department and DA both stated, “There is nothing out of the ordinary.”
Mindy Martin made many false statements in her court documents. Based those false statements, Mindy Martin was appointed Temporary Conservator in August 2010. In December, the court finally ordered that MG and I are allowed “supervised visitation”. Cost for visitation is nearly $200/hour. The designated company refuses to schedule visits.
In September, Mom slept on a mattress on the floor. Mom slept in street clothes, as she had no pajamas. The few times family was allowed to visit, Mom was very hungry. Mom now weighs about 90 pounds. Mindy Martin cancelled a neurologic exam that I requested. The DA still says, “There is nothing out of the ordinary.” In San Bernardino Co., perhaps this situation is indeed “nothing out of the ordinary.”
In October, Mom was placed in hospice care under Dr. Victoria Rains. Dr. Rains refuses to talk to family and refuses to include family in “hospice family team meetings.” Dr. Rains and Mindy Martin continue to isolate Mom, hastening her death. Mindy Martin is likely already shopping for the new house that she asked Mom to buy for her.