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In order to get a legal guardianship, the petitioner has to file a formal guardianship petition in the local probate court and provide proof, normally in the form of doctor's reports, that the proposed ward is unable to care for themselves and their basic needs. The judge will appoint an attorney for the ward to compile a report as well as having a report done by a court investigator. Then the judge will review all the reports, talk to the proposed ward, and make a decision about whether they are legally competent or not..
But if the son is essentially stealing their money, you can file a formal complaint for "elder financial abuse" with the local DA and/or the state Attorney General's Elder law division and they can investigate to see if anything unlawful is occurring here.