How can I stop someone from committing another person?

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How can I stop someone from committing another person?

My 2 brother-in-laws say that they are going to try and have their mother committed to some kind of institute because she is depressed. We just recently found out she has a thyroid problem. My wife and her sister think they are doing it for personal gain. I would like to know if they can do this and how we can stop it? We think that she is in pretty good health. She is depressed but a lot of things have happened this past year but we feel she is in no way bad enough to be put somewhere. There is a lot more to this but this is the short version.

Asked on January 21, 2011 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Is you Mother in law of sound mind?  And ss she just elderly?  Then what your wife and her sister need to seek legal help in your area WITH your mother in law to execute the necessary documents to allow them to make decisions on her behalf.  Or if she is so depressed that she would not be considered of sound mind, one of them should make the application to be appointed as the conservator of her person and her estate. Then they will be able to make the necessary decisions as to her health and everything else.  They should also speak about protecting her assets.  Their brothers will fight them on it I am sure so they need to be prepared for a battle.  Good luck to them.


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