I feel like this is a dumb question, but I have read through a few different things and can't find mention of this specific thing. My dad has had dementia for several years now. I am not sure of the stage, but he basically has almost no short term memory and can't follow any sort of complicated subject. I really "should" have POA, but because I live with him and keep an eye on what he is doing, and he takes all my advice, it hasn't been necessary yet. We are going to be facing some more complicated tasks in the near future, however, so I am wondering if I should go ahead and set up the POA (I am named in the trust as the person he wants to have this duty, so that part should be straightforward.) My question is, can my dad still write his own checks if he has been declared incapacitated? Our current system if for him to write checks with my supervision, or sometimes I write them if he is feeling too confused, and then he just signs them. I would hate to take that little piece of independence from him as it is one of the only things he has left. I am trying to balance the idea of taking everything over versus putting him through a bunch of forms that I think will be agitating for him. I am hoping POA means we can both continue to do things, but I am not sure when it is related to incapacity.
We are in CA if that makes a difference.