Is it lawful for a relative who has been absent in a persons life to come and try and take charge during her final days?

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Is it lawful for a relative who has been absent in a persons life to come and try and take charge during her final days?

My grandmother is dying and her daughter
who has been absent for around a decade
has decided shes going to come to where
my grandma lives and start to take
control. I guess my question is ‘Is
there any legal action i can take to
prevent them from basically booting my
sister and myself out and taking over.

Asked on July 21, 2018 under Estate Planning, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The absent daughter cannot "take charge" of anything without your grandmother's consent--if your grandmother is not going along with her, you can ignore her. If your grandmother is going along with her, listening to her, or letting her do this, however, then she can: your grandmother may be dying, but it is her life, and she decides who she wants around, what she wants to do, etc. You cannot legally override her wishes--but as stated, have no need to do anything legal if she does not have your grandmother's support.


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