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If there is an issue that needs to be determined such as medical care or decisions on behalf of the wife, and she is unable to do so, they will ask the children if the husband is not around.
It is possible for one of the children to get guardianship if the mother is not in a condition to make decisions for herself, but that is a legal process that could take months.
As far as any obligations of the husband, I am not sure specifically what you refer to, so if you would like to provide more detail I'll see if I can help with that. I can not think of any obligations he would have off hand if he is not involved in her life regarding end of life decisions.
Please let me know if you have any questions about this.
Ok, so I answered most of this above, but will clarify.
If she is on life support and a medical decision needs to be made the doctors will ask the daughters because the husband can not be reached.
The power of attorney would have to be granted by the wife, so she would have to agree, and that would only allow for the daughters to sign documents regarding her affairs, it doesn't give them guardianship.
The person the wife is living with would have no say or legal authority over her.
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