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my mother is 87 and...

my mother is 87 and I am her poa I am just finding out from a summons to court that she owes a debt from 2005. The interest amount is very high. I don't know what the debt is for. how do I find out before court? I am in the process of getting a reverse mortgage on the home and this judgment was placed on her home at the court bldg in 2005. I guess they are trying again to get the money.  They have also contacted her bank to garnish her funds.  She only has her retirement and social security checks.  I don't know what to do.

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Hello and thank you for contacting us. This is Dwayne B. and I’m an expert here and looking forward to assisting you today. If at any point any of my answers aren’t clear please don’t hesitate to ask for clarification. Also, I can only answer the questions you specifically ask and based on the facts that you give so please be sure that you ask the questions you want to ask and provide all necessary facts.
To start off, you have to hire an attorney for her. While you have her power of attorney, you can't represent her in court, only an attorney can do that.
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