I have a sister that is mentally in stable as my mom caregiver but the situation is getting worse, and sister is renting rooms out of my mothers house that needs 24 hour care. I need help. Will I be responsible for her debt? And can I evict her and the roommate?
A power of attorney is KIND OF like an employer-employee relationship. The employee has the power to act for the employer and conduct his business. But the employee is not liable for the monthly food bill at the restaurant.
Children are not responsible for the debts of their parents unless they enter into a contract or otherwise assume responsibility for the debt. Otherwise, the parent's estate (property they own at death) goes to pay their debts.
I'm not in your state. I doubt you would have authority to evict sister and the roommate, in the sense of filing an eviction with the court. You'd probably need to get mom to an attorney for that, if push came to shove. However, short of that you could certainly assert mom's rights.
If the stroke has brought along anything impairing her competency, a POA might not be available. You might need a guardianship/conservatorship.
I think there are still two law schools up near you. Many law schools have family law clinics that might be able to assist to some degree.
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