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Does power of attorney carry finiancial responsibility for needed care?

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My step-mother's children have appropriated all her assets and are unwilling to pay for her dental work, in home help to assist my father, they have moved monies, made joint ownership annuities and refuse any financial help for her care. She is 84 with Alzheimer's, he is 89 and her primary caretaker. They do not even take her to appts.

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No way. You have a responsibility to care for the other person's money in a responsible manner to help them pay their own bills. You do not take on the responsibility of paying their bills with your money.
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Did your father give up their money that they have together? Are you in a community property state? I'm assuming they moved assets she had before their marriage?

Sounds like time to have lawyers duke it out. If your dad needs to apply for Medicaid for help, they will go after her assets regardless of where they've been hidden for a 5 yr look-back period. If your dad has too much money to consider Medicaid, and the step-sibs think they can just wait him out, there is always Adult Proctive Services. She's a vulnerable adult and he should have some protections available for financial elder abuse??? When it comes to money, families can get nuts. What were your dad and step-mother's plans for their money when they married?
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