I received an email with an attachment to an "Order Setting Status Conference" this afternoon. It says the Status Conference will be held tomorrow morning and that 10 minutes are reserved. It is in regard to my father, who I am POA for, not leaving the hospital after discharge as I have not secured plans as to where he will be discharged to as I am ill myself and he was previously living independently. Having no notice, I do not have a lawyer and do not know what to expect or if I am expected to attend. What happens in these meetings? Am I required to attend? This is the only document I have received for this matter.
It would never hurt for you to attend the status conference. I do not believe you are required to attend if you simply have a power of attorney.
Do attend the status conference. It is meant as a "check in" with the court to see how the case will proceed. I am a little concerned that you received such short notice. The meeting is just ten minutes so be prepared to let the judge know of the short notice (do you need to update the court /clerk with your address?) and perhaps a status update on your father's condition, if asked. The court may want you to come back, so pay attention to the date and time given. When court is finished, consult an attorney to ensure your ducks stay in a row, and s/he may be able to help you with resources on assisted living facilities or home health care workers for your dad. Good luck!
Check the rules of the court and of the particular judge. Judges sometimes ask the parties to suggest items to be discussed. Otherwise, in the ten minutes each side will be telling the judge where the case stands and what problems they foresee.
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