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The type of proceeding that you are talking about is a Guardianship or a Conservator-ship.
Guardian is a Court appointed individual or entity who will make decisions for a person who, due to mental and/or physical disability, is unable to make responsible decisions concerning their health and safety. A court-appointed guardian has the legal authority to make health and safety decisions for an incapacitated adult.
Conservator is a Court appointed individual or entity to make decisions for a person who, due to mental and/or physical disability, is unable to make or communicate significant responsible decisions concerning their property. A court-appointed conservator has the legal authority to make property decisions for an incapacitated adult.
You may file a petition asking the Court to appoint a guardian and/or conservator. However, the petition must be sworn to by two petitioners, one of whom may be a physician, psychologist, or licensed clinical social worker who has examined the person for whom the guardianship and/or conservator-ship is sought within the last 15 days.
The probate court provides forms, both at the probate court and on line, which outline the information which must be included on the petition.
This link details the process:
If your mother is willing to grant you authority it can be done easier through a Durable Power of Attorney.
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