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My Mom was just admitted to a skilled nursing facility. As

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My Mom was just admitted to a skilled nursing facility. As her daughter and POA, they want me to sign admission forms. When I signed for her at the assisted living facility, they told me by signing I wasn't financially responsible, but was just saying I would make sure that her check was sent. Now I found out that was a lie; by signing I was financially responsible for her bill. I don't want to make that mistake again. How do I go about signing her admission papers, but not making myself guarantee payment.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 5 years ago.
Hello and thank you for the opportunity to assist you. Please remember that there might be a delay between your follow ups and my replies because I am typing out my answer, or taking a quick break.

Actually, this is a half-truth. If you have a POA, then you can sign for her, assuming that this is was the Power of Attorney allows you to do. So if you sign your name, you may be liable. However, you may simply sign her name and put (with permission) next to it and attach a copy of the POA. This would have her liable, but not you, since you are acting solely as her agent. An agent does not take on the liability of whom they represent.

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