Can I challenge my aunts, who are also mom's power of attorneys?

1 answer | Last updated: Sep 17, 2016
A fellow caregiver asked...

My mums two sisters got p.o.a without my knowledge and now they are selling her house. One sister has totally taken control of my mum by taking my mum away to live with her. I have not seen or spoken to mum for a year. She tells my mum I don't care about her and I want to put her in a home . My mum through her illness believes her sister . She has no contact with her granddaughters or her baby great granddaughters who she has never seen. I don't know what to do

Expert Answers

Ron Kauffman is a certified senior advisor (CSA), senior lifestyle radio host, syndicated newspaper columnist, and the author of Caring for a Loved One With Alzheimer's Disease. In addition, Kauffman is also the primary caregiver for his mother, who has Alzheimer's.

Dear Anonymous:

I'm sorry to hear about the personal and legal difficulties you're having regarding your Mum.

My experience as a caregiver and consultant has been that the person(s) with the POA have pretty much full control over, in your case, Mum's affairs unless it can be proven that undue influence or exploitation occurred.

This is truly a question to be asked of an Elder Law attorney, and there's an excellent chance that it will cost a great deal of money to establish a court challenge, and could take quite a long time go through the court system with no guarantee that you would prevail.

My advice is to contact an Elder Law Attorney to get proper legal counsel.

Good luck.