My wife tries to control aspects of her sister's life without her consent. Her sister is married but is somewhat

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Customer: My wife tries to control aspects of her sister's life without her consent. Her sister is married but is somewhat mentally challenged since birth. My wife doesn't have guardianship or Power of Attorney. Is there anything I can do to intervene on behalf of my sister-in-law.
JA: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any papers in family court?
Customer: Other than complaining, nothing, I don't know what I am within my rights to do.
JA: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?
Customer: Alabama. My wife was diagnosed with NPD several years ago, and we are currently legally separated. I am close with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law though.
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Customer: Both my brother-in-law and sister-in-law are somewhat mentally challenged and physically handicapped. They live independently but in subsidized housing. My brother-in-law is actually afraid of my wife and at times has talked to me about suicide. They don't have the resources to hire an attorney for themselves.
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Hello! My name is ***** ***** I am an attorney. I am happy to assist you! I am reviewing your question and will be providing a response momentarily.

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I understand you want to intervene to protect your sister-in-law. You mentioned that they are somewhat mentally challenged and physically handicapped. Is that right? Also, how old is your sister-in-law?

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Correct. Both of them were somewhat brain damaged at Birth. My sister-in-law is not analytical at all, but is quite verbal and has a memory like a bear trap. My brother-in-law is somewhat under developed on one side of his body. The two of them are capable of taking care of each other though. He used to drive a car until a few years ago. They are both in their mid 70s.
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Okay. You have a couple of options. The first two you mentioned: to have someone petition for guardianship but you said they have their mental capacity. Or have someone handle their finances with a Power of Attorney or health care decisions through an advance directive. Another is for them to stop your spouse from interfering with their lives. Lastly, and someone drastic, you can report this as elder abuse and the state would do an investigation.

The Adult Protective Services Division of the state is to support and enable County Departments to protect elderly and disabled adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation and prevent unnecessary institutionalization.

Here is their link:

https://dhr.alabama.gov/adult-protective-services/

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Thanks, I'll look into those.
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