Depends on what the POA provides and in what context it is being used. Best to consult with a local lawyer who can discuss this more thoroughly with you. Good luck.
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The stepson POA is valid.
The spouse possible could file a guardianship action. A court guardianship would trump the POA.
I agree with both answers of my colleague. Based upon your question it appears that the Power of Attorney was executed when your father had the capacity and thus the POA is valid. Please note, that the terms of the POA describe the authority under which the agent (stepson) serves. As pointed out in the one previous answers the spouse may want to consult an attorney practicing elder law to understand the document and discuss guardianship proceedings. All the best to you and your family.
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I agree with my colleagues and only add a point to consider is that spouse may have control over certain assets is husband and wife are joint owners of any bank or security accounts....as a joint owner she has complete control over the disposition of any accounts legally titled in such manner.
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While the stepson's POA may be valid, it is unclear from your inquiry what powers have been granted to the stepson. Your father's spouse may need to consult with a probate attorney to discuss her optilois, which may include guardianship. It is also unclear if the stepson is violating his duties as POA.
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