My father-in-law is 88. About 3 years ago, because of his health situation (in & out of hospital), we had a POA drawn up. My husband is an only child & we live far away. We needed the security that people would speak directly to my husband for answers on various matters. My father-in-law fought us the whole way, saying that he's heard too many stories of kids that get "that power", then rob the parent. I was furious & hurt; my husband has never said or done anything that would give him that idea. After a few awkward moments, he finally agreed to sign the POA but would not let us take a copy home with us. So, now if anything happens, my husband has to first travel back home, go to his dad's house (assuming he can get in), hope the POA is where his dad put it & then proceed with whatever has to be done.