How do I determine if the POA for my mother actually exists and if it was legally obtained? My father handled all the legal documents for my parents. He signed his will and their living AB trust and gave me copies of the documents. My mother never signed anything. My father gave me copies of all their legal documents. I never saw a POA for my mother. If one exists, would it be submitted somewhere? Would my father be able to sign a POA for my mother? Can I formally request a copy of the POA? Would it be legal to have this document created after my father's death? My brother initially told us he was the executor of the estate but after a few years we learned he was not. Then he told us he was the POA for my mother however he kept having my mother sign her name to documents such as tax returns and even stacks of blank checks. It was only after several more years and my protests that last year he signed his name on her check with POA. How can I verify any of this? My mother has documented long standing advanced Alzheimer's.
I am still trying to understand my mother's financial and legal status. She currently resides in a memory facility.