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Power of attorney boundaries

Discussion in 'Power of Attorney & Living Wills' started by Adelheid237, Nov 13, 2020.

  1. Adelheid237

    Adelheid237 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    My father is in assisted living. He made his cousin power of attorney when we were kids..She came to my home when I was at work and unlocked his office took all the legal paperwork took our family vehicle.

    I need help she is trying to sell our mobile home and had our power utilities turned off. I went to pay it they wont let me pay my pg&e.

    I need help I dont know where to start
  2. justblue

    justblue Well-Known Member

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    What does the POA have to do with you having your power turned off? Is the bill in your fathers name? What reason did they give you for not allowing you to pay the bill?

    Is "our family car" in Dad's name? Is the mobile home in Dad's name? How old are you?
  3. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    Maybe you start by contacting these fine folks. tell them your story, ask if they can help you.

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    These lawyers MIGHT be able to offer you a few tips:

    What Is Elder Financial Abuse Under California Law? | Dolan Law Firm

    How to Recognize and Report Elder Abuse in California | (2020) Guide, Tips, Info - Berman Lawyers

    Elder Abuse - Stone Sallus
  4. zddoodah

    zddoodah Well-Known Member

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    You're going to have to provide a lot more information. Please answer each of the questions below.

    Just so we have the terminology correct, a power of attorney (a "POA") is a document by which one person (the principal) gives another person (the agent or attorney-in-fact) authority to conduct certain transactions with third-parties on behalf of the principal. When you say that your father "made his cousin power of attorney," I assume what you meant is that your father signed a POA that appointed his cousin as attorney-in-fact. Unfortunately, what you didn't tell us at all is the scope of the POA. A POA can be very broad, or it could be limited to a single transaction (e.g., I could give my co-worker power of attorney for the limited purpose of selling my car.

    When did your father execute this POA, and why did he do it?

    When did this occur? Why is your father's office located in your home? How did she gain access to your home in order to do this? What does "all the legal paperwork" mean? In whose name(s) is/are the "family vehicle" registered?

    In whose name(s) is/are the mobile home registered?

    How did she manage to do that?

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