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pressure to sign a power of attorney

Alex is 87 years old, lives in a luxury condominium in Forest Hills, Queens and is the eldest of three siblings. Alex has one child from a previous relationship and his daughter, Dolly has kept her father in seclusion and isolation from his loved ones and friends.

Four months ago, Alex suffered a debilitating stroke and he requires assistance with grooming, bathing, shopping, preparing meals, and travel. Most Recently, Dolly pressured her father to sign a power of attorney and health care proxy appointing her as his agent responsible for handling his financial and medical matters.

Alex’s siblings are greatly concerned about Dolly’s conduct, she refuses their requests to visit their brother and she has made vile threats towards them should they interfere with her efforts to care for Alex. Yesterday, Alex’s sister, Betty noticed Dolly leaving Nordstrom’s jewelry department with several shopping bags and Dolly drove off in a brand new E-Class Mercedes.

Alex’s siblings have personal knowledge that Dolly, age 36, is an unemployed freeloader. What should Alex’s siblings do? Alex siblings should contact an attorney immediately and consider commencing a guardianship case to protect Alex’s rights. A court can determine whether Alex was forced to sign the power of attorney appointing Dolly under coercion, duress, and/or undue influence and whether such power of attorney should be suspended or revoked.

To learn more about the steps you need to protect your loved one’s rights in a guardianship case, contact the Law Office of Tamara I. Jordan P.L.L.C.

The Law Office of Tamara I. Jordan P.L.L.C. handles guardianship cases in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

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