Does a more recent Power of Attorney void an older one ?

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My sister-in-law was appointed power-of-attorney for my mother- in-law. Since then , she has refused to assist in her care in any way and has only seen her twice for a couple of hours in the last two years. my mother-in-law is deaf , blind , and can no longer walk at all and has final stages of dementia. In addition she has lost control of bodily functions , having to be fed and bathed and speaks very seldom. She lives with my wife and I full time.

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The obstacle is not that there is an older POA in place -- it is that MIL may not be competent to sign a new one. Did the original provide for an alternate, in the event the original could not perform the duties?
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As far as my experience has taught me. New. revised POA's supercede existing ones. But the elderly person has to be found competent to sign it. You mentioned your mother-in-law is in final stages of dementia; so this would make her incompetent to sign a legal document. Think you would have to consult an attorney on this one.

Bless you for your care taking and hope things work out. Take care.
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