Thank you. At this stage in time, social services are probably your best allies and I would certainly raise the issue with them.
I would also raise the issue with this man, particularly with regard to the unexplained bruises because he may prefer to walk away rather than being investigated.
Whilst there are practical things that you can do such as simply locking him out and depositing all his stuff at his own house, and the reality is that there is virtually nothing he can do about that, legally you actually have no right to do that.
If you want to do it all above board and legally, then someone must apply to court to become a deputy over her affairs.
which can take up to 6 months and a solicitor will charge £2000 plus the court fee If she had mental capacity someone could actually have applied for Power of Attorney which is much cheaper and much quicker and a solicitor would charge about £400 plus the court fee and it takes between 12 and 16 weeks so is a little quicker. It is too late for that now, obviously.
There is nothing actually to stop this man doing it although he is going to have two do a considerable amount of paperwork and pay the court fees. There is also nothing to stop any family member or you doing this, and avoiding the solicitor’s fees, but I will tell you that the paperwork is full of traps for the unwary so you might want to think twice before undertaking a DIY job.
The court fees and solicitor’s costs can be reimbursed from mother-in-law’s assets. At this stage in time, this man actually has no right to be in the house any more than any of you do, although your mother-in-law’s children can possibly claim a right, but I will clarify that shortly.
The reason I say that he does not have the right to be in the house is that your mother-in-law is able to grant the right for anybody that she likes to be in the house.
However, unless she granted that right with a view to its enduring have to she lost mental capacity, as soon as she loses mental capacity, any authority that she granted prior service, is immediately withdrawn.
So he actually does not have any authority to go in the house.
But by the same token, the mother-in-law to children, if over 18, are no longer dependent and also have no authority to go in the house unless they have a power of attorney or have been appointed deputies.
There is another potential issue which I will mention for completeness, but nothing would happen with it. If he is in the house without consent is a trespasser.
Although, to bring a civil claim, once again, you have to have power of attorney/deputy ship. Since 1 October 2012, squatting in a house where the owner of the house has not given consent for someone to stay there, became illegal and is a criminal offence.
However, the police have not yet exercised the law in this respect, and I am not aware of any prosecutions.
Your issue is further clouded because he will claim that he is in the house with consent (albeit that the consent has now been withdrawn by virtue of your mother-in-law’s dementia).
If you tell him that if he does not move out, you are going to complain to the police with a view to getting him prosecuted because he is there without consent, although the reality is that the police will do very little, he may not necessarily know that.
So there you have the practical solution, and the legal solution, and the legalities.
Does that answer the question? Can I answer any specific points?