When my Mom moved in with us, she added my name to her checking account (my name is on the bank statements along with hers) for emergency purposes, and I also pay her bills when she is unable to (in the hospital or whatever). The bank has my signature on file, and I am allowed to write checks, etc. Should I also have a financial power of attorney?? My brother & sister are pretty much out of the picture (other than an occasional ::cough:: phone call) and I am her primary caregiver - they have no claim to anything Mom has left (possessions at this point) & know that so I'm not worried about that. I was just wondering if there was any other reason for a POA beyond family stuff?