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Q: My mom passed away in a hospital and the day before, the hospital claimed she signed a DNR paper but I was her POA.

Wasn't I suppose to be informed? Can I sue for neglence if they felt like they did all they could do for my mother? I ordered a complete record of her file and the DNR paper is not there or my power of attorney papers not there neither. Do I have a case?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 28, 2016

Unless they did something wrong, not necessarily. Many people give a power of attorney to others "just in case." that doesn't mean that whoever deals with them has to ask the person holding the POA if the person who gave it is right in front of them and looks to be in an... Read more »

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Q: I was seeing a couple for couple counseling.They are getting divorced and husband wants me to testify for child custody.

He paid for services but they both attended. He is also acting as his own lawyer. This will be a subpoena to attend and provide information. Am I breaking confidentiality if I honor subpoena.

Burton A. Padove
Burton A. Padove answered on Jul 20, 2011

If they both were in attendence confidentiality would not apply.

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