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I am sorry to learn of your family's circumstances.
Does your daughter have a copy of the power-of-attorney at issue?
No copy. Just learned of this through a nurse last night. Suppossedly the mother mentioned this to the nurse and said the POA wouldl be brought in tomorrow (today).
Well, powers of attorney can take so many forms.
A power of attorney is like the term "ice cream." Calling something "ice cream" still doesn't give you an idea of what you're really dealing with because it can come in so many different forms (iced milk, low fat, premium, no sugar) and flavors.
The devil is really in the details of the document of what that particular power of attorney extends legal authority for and under what circumstances.
So, technically, can a power of attorney be drafted so that a non-spouse has all decision-making power? Yes.
However, there is no way to know if that exists in the circumstances of your son-in-law without first reviewing the document itself.
Good luck and best wishes for better days ahead.
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