What steps should I take in order to ensure the property and welbeing affairs of an elderly person is safe? There is a

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Customer: What steps should I take in order to ensure the property and welbeing affairs of an elderly person is safe?
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: There is a will already in place and concerns are raised with the wellbeing of the our elderly mother that she has no say in regards ***** ***** she wants. She's been advised via my older brother that she's taking morphine to ease the pain of her cancer. The controlling has been initiated by my older brother without consulting with the siblings and he has changed the locks to my mother's property where him and his family stays. The family wants to check on our mother but the excuse is she's asleep or not well. Her health is deteriorating and we feel she's been neglected and lonely
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: Nothing we need to know how do we go about seeing our mother without creating any anamosity
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Legal rights of the family to visit her, legal rights of an elderly person to speak what she needs and wants.
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read the question

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Does your mother have enduring powers of attorney?

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No from what we know but with the way things are running at the moment by my older brother I feel he has but I'm uncertain. I also would like to put a caveat on my mother's property so thar my brother and his family doesn't run any funds on it. I would want transparency and open communication on all of our mothers affairs as a family instead of one person making the decision for all of us.
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You need to find out if there are powers of attorney in place first. If there are are or not, you can apply to the Family Court for property and welfare guardians to be appointed

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I don't know how to find that out my brother is literally secretive about it
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Ask him directly and tell him that you will apply because he must consult on issues if he holds the power of attorney, and if he doesn’t, then someone neutral should be appointed
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