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Q: If my MIL has POA on her mother but is trying to force decision making onto my wife and I is that abuse of power?

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A: If your mother-in-law (MIL) holds a Power of Attorney (POA) for her own mother, she has a legal duty to act in the best interests of her mother and make decisions that align with her mother's wishes and well-being. If your MIL is trying to force decision-making onto you and your wife against your will or contrary to her mother's best interests, it could potentially be considered an abuse of her power as a POA. However, whether her actions constitute an abuse of power would depend on the specific circumstances, the nature of the decisions being forced, and the overall context.

If you suspect that your MIL is not acting in accordance with her responsibilities as a POA or if you have concerns about her actions, it's advisable to consult with an attorney who specializes in elder law or estate planning.

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