Responsibilities of Person With Power of Attorney

My brother is power of attorney for my mother. They reside in Georgia and I live in Maryland. My mother is living in an assisted living facility for Alzheimer's patients. When my mother has been admitted to the hospital or taken to the emergency room, my brother no longer informs me. He contacts my sister, aunt (mother's sister), and uncle (mom's brother). As power of attorney, is he obligated to inform me of her illness. I feel as though I have been alienated. Please assist.


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June 19, 20160 found this helpful

Your brother, with a power of attorney (POA), has no legal responsibility to inform you of your mother's medical condition. POAs usually only address medical and financial issues, not sibling problems. However, this may vary depending upon specifically how the POA was written.

It appears there are sibling issues that should be addressed now, instead of letting the situation continue at a low boil until a medical crisis simply worsens an already difficult status. You have two options-consider a meeting of all the sibs to address all problems that may exist. Of course, this may be difficult and you may need a relative, friend or attorney to act as monitor.

You may also consider retaining an attorney in Georgia who specializes in elder issues and POAs to assist in clarifying and addressing all issues. You can search for an attorney who handles these issues in the Georgia Bar Association:


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