I NEED TO OBTAIN A POWER OF ATTORNEY SINCE MY MOTHER HAD A STROKE AND IS UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS

Asked about 2 years ago - Bunkie, LA

SHE IS CURRENTLY IN A HOSPITAL AND I HAVE ACCESS TO ALL HER PERSONNAL INFORMATION

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  1. Richard Thomas Gallagher Jr.

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    Answered . The key is whether your mother can understand what she is signing. If she is ok mentally, but paralyzed physically, or even if she can understand things but cannot speak, you can get a Power of Attorney.

    If she is mentally confused, your other option is to have her declared incompetent. This is a process through the court, and can get expensive (several thousand dollars even if there is no disagreement with the family). Given the cost, you will have to decide whether it is worth it to do.

    Good Luck,

    Ricky Gallagher

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  2. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.

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    Answered . Get an attorney to go to the hospital when document prepared if mother is able to understand a sign a legal document.

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  3. Steven J. Fromm

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    Answered . Mr Pippen offers sound advice. She need to be able to legally understand what she is doing here. Get an estates attorney to assist you in this process.

    Hope this helps.

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