A widower has granted a General Power of Attorney to his adult daughter, what rights does his wife have? Posted on February 09, 2011

Mr. X is a widower and has granted a General Power of Attorney to his adult daughter contingent upon his mental soundness. Mr. X remarries and lives with his new wife for 16 years in which time they have commingled assets. Mr. X now has mild dementia and the daughter has decided to enact the power of attorney and has seized all of Mr. X assets and canceled his credit cards. Mr. X wife is the sole caregiver and all means of financial support have been stripped away. Can the daughter legally do this? Does the wife have any recourse? Mr. X has never been legally declared incompetent. This is in California.

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