Woodland, WA asked in Estate Planning and Elder Law for Ohio

Q: Durable POA and Healthcare POA rights and responsibilities for Dad's Progressive Alzheimer's Dementia (Ohio) diagnosis.

Dad was diagnosed a few weeks ago and can no longer drive, manage his finances or cook for himself, per the evaluation. The forward prognosis is difficulty dressing, bathing and feeding within a year. I am a licensed CPA and need to confirm what I can and should not do. I have durable POA and it lists I can do all things, but there is tension between the siblings. The bank indicated I may want to seek Guardianship - is this necessary? I am on the West Coast trying to facilitate Dad's care remotely between trips.

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Nicholas P. Weiss
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Do you need to as a matter of law? No. Will every nursing home, health care provider, and bank give you a hard time about the POAs and make you jump through a million hoops that you wouldn't have to do if you had guardianship? Absolutely yes.

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