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Is your father-in-law mentally competent?
Is there a power of attorney?
She cannot appoint herself as power of attorney. Only he could do that if and only if he was mentally competent. And she is not next of kin unless she's a common-law spouse. Therefore, you should speak to the director of the hospital at once and state that this woman is simply a caregiver, that your father-in-law is mentally incompetent and cannot appoint her as a power of attorney even if she says he did and that you will sue them if they prevent you from contacting your father-in-law.
At the same time you should consult with a lawyer face-to-face with a view to retaining the lawyer to seek an emergency order preventing the caregiver from removing things from the home.
The police are entirely incorrect and it does not matter who the executor is in terms of dealing with the belongings until your father-in-law dies.
But you are clearly going to have a fight on your hands anyway and you will need a lawyer because of the Will so it's best to get one now.
The lawyer is not correct. You can get an emergency order declaring him to be incompetent and appointing your spouse as his legal guardian.
The lawyer clearly does not know this area the law. You need a lawyer that does litigation law or lawyer that specializes in elder law.
If you get this order all that will be able to be stopped at once by you.