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Q: What can I do to gain a durable power of attorney for my elderly mother?

She had a severe stroke and unable to make any decision or do for herself.

Cynthia Rignanese
Cynthia Rignanese answered on Apr 16, 2021

It is great that you are taking care of her!

To help you to help her, you have two options, depending on her mental state.

If she is still mentally competent, see an estate planning/elder law lawyer and get

*a Power of Attorney

*a Health Care Surrogate

*and...
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Q: How can my Mother-In-Law access her deceased sons bank account?

My Brother in Law passed and my mother in law is taking care of everything, he left a simple will which we filed with the courts stating everything goes to her, She is currently trying to get access to his bank account but the bank is saying the will doesn't state his finances the Bank says we... Read more »

Cynthia Rignanese
Cynthia Rignanese answered on Mar 26, 2021

Consider this from the standpoint of the bank -- if they pay the wrong person, and the right person shows up, the Bank has to pay out DOUBLE the money. For this reason, the Bank requires a Court Order. Depending on the amount of money in the bank account, a Summary Administration (short) Probate or... Read more »

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