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Dear Customer, unfortunately what your mother is going to need (if you and your family are unable to pay for a conservatorship proceeding yourself - as you have found this is not an inexpensive thing to do), is for the DCF to step in and help you with conserving your mother.
Based on what you have posted, it is likely that they will do so, but you will need to remain diligent in continuing to talk to them about what is developing.
The additional information you posted regarding your younger brother intervening and getting a POA is going to complicate things (I don't know what the details of your family dynamic are, but a POA is going to have some more influence in the decision making process than a child without this legal authority). Ultimately, the government is not going to allow your mother to continue residing as she is.
There are legal remedies you can pursue, but you need to be prepared to hire an attorney to do so, and it appears based on what you have posted this is simply outside the scope of your ability at this time. If your brother does indeed have a POA, he may have an obligation to step in and do more to push for her conservatorship - but the scope of POAs vary greatly and I have no idea what type of document she actually signed for him, and whether or not he accepted this responsibility, or if he is still willing to do it.
Elder abuse is both a crime and a tort (civil cause of action).
However, there is no duty to consult with siblings prior to having a POA signed.
If you believe that your mother has been defrauded (having a POA signed does not in and of itself create a cause of action, but if he did so in order to get her belongings or force her to do something against her interest or intent, that will create a basis for action), then contact the police department or district attorney where she is living.
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