What information do I need on getting a POA for my Mom?

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How do I know which attorney to use? Is this standard practice for them? My mother does have Alzheimer's, although it is not very advanced yet. But we are afraid of how she will react to this news, even though it is for her benefit. My father is still living, but we want to get this taken care of now before it's too late to change anything. I would appreciate any advice. I am glad I found this site! Thanks in advance for your help!

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When Dad was diagnosed in '91 with Alz, we took Mom to an elder care attorney. Mom was Dad's POA but then the attorney recommended that Mom appointed a POA for her. His thought was that were she to become unable to make decisions for herself, someone other than Dad needed to. The elder attorney knew all the important little details to cover.
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Although any lawyer could draw up a POA, one who specializes in Elder Law issues would be most appropriate. Other issues should be discussed as well, such as financial planning in case one or both may need long term care in a nursing home paid for by Medicaid, and a living will, a will, etc. Look at the whole picture not just one aspect.
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Honestly, he has always been the one with health issues. That's why we want to get this drawn up now and get us kids listed as POA for her as well as him. I just wasn't sure where to start. Thanks for the response.
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Any attorney can draw up a POA. You say your father is still living. Why doesn't he have a POA for your mother?
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