Someone recently asked me what kind of research I did that helped a client. I recalled reviewing a legally created Power of Attorney that just plain looked suspicious. It had JUST been executed and the closing was imminent. The POA was from a widowed owner, not in good health, to “her future son-in-law” I was told. The POA was clearly taken from some random internet site and had every possible choice checked, granting her future son-in-law had every conceivable power. It was properly notarized, etc., but it bothered me that the widow did not seem to have proper representation – the internet document seemed random. I insisted on talking to the widow, and with much effort, tracked her down, only to find out she had been put in a care facility against her wishes. Her future son-in-law saying she was not “on her right mind.” She told me that she was afraid, she wanted out of the care facility, and she wanted to take back the POA.
I contacted the care facility and insisted they obtain representation for her, as I thought she was being manipulated. The care facility and local social services came through for her! The court appointed an attorney and a Guardian. Meanwhile, the “future son-in-law” sold her car (taking the cash) and ran up her credit card debt. Subsequently the legal guardian had the POA revoked. The widow was able to get out of the nursing home and receive the funds from the sale of her house. She is still under legal guardianship I understand, for her own well-being but is doing much better. Future son-in-law went to jail.