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Asked on: 3/06/09, 12:45 am

Power of Attorney - Sibling Issues

My father is in the early/mid stages

of dementia and had previously listed

both me and my sister as durable

Power of Attorney. Not as partners

but if I am unable or unwilling to

perform then she would step in.

Unfortunately, due to a 3 y/o

personal rift between us (we are

estranged), she will not sign the

document as she feels in doing so

she will have no legal recourse if she

feels I mismanage things.

I have yet to need the document but

see the time coming very soon. Is

the document still legal if her name is

on it but she has not signed it?

Also, to what extent am I obligated

to share my decisions as Power of

Attorney with other family members?

Although I have managed my

father's affairs scrupulously in the

past, where money is involved I

know her ''emotions'' may get out of

hand. Am I obligated to respond to

any accusations that have no basis?

I am Power of Attorney for both of

my parents as they trust me

implicitly. Unfortunately these are

large estates and I need advice on

how to protect myself if things get

ugly. I'm hoping I am not obligated

to hire lawyers if my siblings question

every move I make!

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