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Asked on: 8/02/11, 9:53 am

My 77 year old mother who has medical problems but is of sound mind lost her husband approx 1 yr ago. There are 6 children and 2 of them had her sign some kind of paperwork which states that one has financial control and the other has medical power of attorney and both of them are at least 2 hours away if she gets ill and needs to go to the hospital. We cannot tell if what they have is 2 separate forms or a durable power of attorney. In the meantime another sibling has moved his family into her home to take care of her and they cannot make medical decisions. What kind of forms does she need to replace whatever existing forms ther are so that she can appoint the authority to the two sons that are taking care of her. She has no copies of what she signed and the other two children will not provide them. She needs something for her medical care, financial decisions, and a will. If she completes new forms will this cancel out any existing forms. These were not done through an attorney.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

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