My parents are suffering from memory loss issues. In my father's case, he has no short term memory, but does remember things that happened years ago. In my mothers case, she had trouble doing any type of cognitive function. I have asked my parents to sign power of attorney documents in the event they become incapacitated, but my Mother refuses to sign and has talked my Dad into refusing to sign. She wants me and my siblings to do a guardianship when the day comes that they cannot make their own decisions. My siblings and I do NOT want guardianship. My parents reside in TX. Do we have any options here? We have been advised by a general attorney (not elder care attorney) that if none of the siblings want guardianship (which we do not legally) then the state/county will take over. But since they live in Harris County, he also warned us that Harris county ranks near the very bottom in terms of looking out and taking care of elderly people. Is there a legal way to obtain power of attorney so we can make decisions on their behalf if they refuse to sign a power of attorney document? If there is not, does this mean that once they can no longer take care of themselves, the state will step in if no sibling has the ability to accept guardianship?