What steps do I take to protect my 38 yr old brother as a Mental Health patient, and from his attorney who put him there.

My brothers attorney testified against him and placed him in a mental institution. My brother is begging for my help to get him out or transfered because he is being mistreated in the institution. His attorney found out I was trying to help him, and blocked all possibilities of power of attorney for my brother. My brother said he doesn't work for him anymore. The attorney told my mother about a year ago if we didn't give him money he would put my brother away so we would never find him. The attorney has nearly blocked all access to my brother who is heavily medicated and can not make clear decisions against his will according to his letters. My brother is being abused at this facility and needs my help. What can I do? Where should I start as a patient care advocate?

Valley Center, CA -

Attorney Answers (2)

Barry Franklin Poulson

Barry Franklin Poulson

Health Care Lawyer - Hillsdale, MI
Answered

Hire counsel. If any of this is true, you are up against a determined foe. You can use AVVO search to find an attorney in your locale.

We do not have a client/attorney relationship until you make an appointment, we discuss your case face to face, I... more
Norman Antonio Stiteler

Norman Antonio Stiteler

Health Care Lawyer - Corrales, NM
Answered

This is a little confusing, and I can't help but believe there is more to the story. Why would a court permit your brother's attorney testify against him, did your brother do something? How did this attorney get such control over your brother? Is there any chance the attorney was assigned by the court?

In any event, if you want to have more access to your brother and more control over his treatment, you should hire and attorney to explore your options.

I am licensed in New Mexico and Pennsylvania, and therefore any discussion of issues related to other states must... more

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