11 doctors weighed in:

Is it possible to use power of attorney without permission from an elder who has dementia?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Legal matter

Consult your attorney.
In order to get power of attorney in the first place the elder had to give you this voluntarily at some earlier time or have a judge grant it to you after a competency hearing. This would imply that you have permission from either the individual or the state as represented by the judge. It would be illegal for you to forge a power of attorney.

In brief: Legal matter

Consult your attorney.
In order to get power of attorney in the first place the elder had to give you this voluntarily at some earlier time or have a judge grant it to you after a competency hearing. This would imply that you have permission from either the individual or the state as represented by the judge. It would be illegal for you to forge a power of attorney.
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Thank
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: It depends

On whether the patient still has the capacity to make their own decisions.
In general, geriatric psychiatrists do capacity evaluations, so perhaps it's time to make an appointment.

In brief: It depends

On whether the patient still has the capacity to make their own decisions.
In general, geriatric psychiatrists do capacity evaluations, so perhaps it's time to make an appointment.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Thank
Dr. Theresa Redling
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Poa adresses financial control; often an elder witll designate someone as their poa to assist with finances.
Not to be confused with a health care proxy, someone who is deignated to make decisions for one if they can't for serious health decisions. If there is no poa, then a court appointed guardian may need tot determined for the safety of an elder.

In brief: Depends

Poa adresses financial control; often an elder witll designate someone as their poa to assist with finances.
Not to be confused with a health care proxy, someone who is deignated to make decisions for one if they can't for serious health decisions. If there is no poa, then a court appointed guardian may need tot determined for the safety of an elder.
Dr. Theresa Redling
Dr. Theresa Redling
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Eric Weisman
Board Certified, Neurology
32 years in practice
9M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors