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wills? bequests? more wills? power of attorney?

(8 Posts)
ruksak Mon 08-Jun-09 22:00:41

MIL is very confused and is 82.

We have had will concerns in the past, (I have posted on here about them) and again we are concerned.

DH and SIL have power of attorney but today SIL has found a letter from another solicitor cos MIL thinks she needs to arrange PoA!! She has forgotten this has alraedy been dealt with.

She has also arranged for a solicitor from Cancer Research to visit her to arrange a bequest; but we feel she isn't capable of making such decisions.

What can we do to help her?

LoveBeingAMummy Tue 09-Jun-09 08:05:49

How about having her agree to her post being redirected to one of you?

ruksak Tue 09-Jun-09 17:18:27

i think that would be a great solution but dh and sil think it is going too far at the minute!

welshdeb Tue 09-Jun-09 17:47:27

Cant you contact cancer research to tell them that your mil has some confusion issues, you have poa and as a result you doubt she is competent to make a valid will.

ruksak Tue 09-Jun-09 19:41:07

sil was going to talk cancer research and the other solicitor today,but we haven't spoken to her yet.
dh ssppke to the family solicittr today but he wasn't very helpful.need to talk to dh more about this.

PoA isn't all we thought it was; we can have access to things but it doesn't protect MIL from her own confusion. sad

fossa Thu 11-Jun-09 17:52:06

I can strongly recommend that you look for a probate solicitor in your area who is registered with 'solicitors for the elderly' - google them - their members are specialists in this area, and they will be able to give you the advice you need.

Hulababy Thu 11-Jun-09 18:07:01

DH is a probate solicitor. He isn';t home yet but I can ask him what the sitiation is regards her mental capacity and making bequests. I suspect if she has issues over confusion etc then chances are she wouldn't be able to make a bequest.

ruksak Fri 12-Jun-09 18:09:47

thnaks fossa; we will look into that

thanks hula

the problem is that she doesn't have a diagnosis; although everyone knows she is very confused.

Dh spoke to the family sloicior who seems to be saying that although we can't prevent her doing anyhting we can gather evidence to contest anything she does do! which seems a bit strange.

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