Man Tries to Evict His 98-Year-Old Mom

Peter Kantorowski says she'd be better off in a home with 'people her own age'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2012 9:58 AM CST
Man Tries to Evict His 98-Year-Old Mom
An eviction notice is seen in this file photo.   (Shutterstock)

Like many Americans, Mary Kantorowski has been ordered to leave her home, but it's not a bank telling her to get out—it's her own son. Kantorowski, 98, is locked in a legal battle with her eldest son, Peter, 71, who wants to sell the house she's lived in since 1953. "Mary has been living here happily paying all the expenses," her court-appointed lawyer tells the Connecticut Post, "and now her son, Peter, comes along and is telling her, 'Get the hell out,' so he can sell it."

In 1996, Mary gave a trust administered by Peter control of the house on the condition that she could live in it until she died. But after some legal maneuvering, Peter moved the house to another trust he controls in 2005, making him the owner. And in December Peter gave his mom an eviction notice, and soon after put the house—valued at $333,410—up for sale. A probate court intervened, ruling that Peter had abused his mother's power of attorney. Peter insists he's only evicting Mary because he thinks she'd be better off in a nursing home "with people her own age." But his younger brother is siding with his mom—and says Peter once told him their mother had lived too long. (Read more Mary Kantorowski stories.)

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