If my sister and I were both given power of attorney for our mom but my sister, do I need to change anythingshould my mother come to live with me?

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If my sister and I were both given power of attorney for our mom but my sister, do I need to change anythingshould my mother come to live with me?

Asked on January 10, 2012 under Estate Planning, Washington

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

So what you are really saying here is that if your Mother comes to live with you you want to have full control over her finances and medical decisions?  It does make some sense that if you are caring for her you should have autonomy.  And this is a good approach to speaking with your sister about the matter so that there are no hard feelings.  You are taking on the responsibility of caring for your Mom. Now, if your Mother is of sound mind then all she neds to do is revoke the prior POA and issue a new one with your name only on it.  You should also do s proxy for her medical decisions.  But the best thing for you to do is for you and your sister to take your Mom to an attorney and discuss th options that are in her best interests.  Good luck.


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