thank you. Based upon what you say, your brother appears to have misunderstanding potentially of the role of attorney has and your mother's rights in terms of appointing an attorney. As you know, the donor of a power of attorney ( your mother) hhas absolute autonomy to decide whom she wishes to appoint as attorney or attornies. it is not for one particular person to try to push themselves upon a donor. A donor can cancel a power of attorney at any point whilst they have capacity to do so.
An attorney has wide-ranging powers but with that has significant fiduciary responsibilities to the donor. They must at all times act in the donor's best interests and must not act against the wishes of the donor even if they disagree with the donor. If they act otherwise than in accordance with the above, the attorney can be personally liable to the donor and it can also be grounds for removal as an attorney.
On purely practical grounds, it is generally sensible to appoint more than one attorney. The reason for this is as you will have no doubt seen, the documents are not short and take some formality to set up and incur fees upon registration. If something were to happen to the appointed attorney, if there is no other attorney then the power fails but if there is a second attorney or more then they ofcourse can continue to act. in addition, where there are more than one attornies, each can act as a potential check on the other to reduce the risk of abuse of power. the office of the Public Guardian can also step in respect of any complaints with regards ***** ***** of power.
In terms of what you can potentially do to support your mother, clearly this is going to be a difficult balancing act if your mother relies upon your brother day-to-day however, in principle, if your brother is placing undue pressure upon your mother, you could make a report to adult safeguarding at social services at the local authority. however, as above, your mother may be very unhappy if you did this so you will need to consider treading carefully in this respect. as you will also be aware, in order to execute a valid power of attorney, your mother will need both a witness and a certificate provider other than your brother to certify that she has chosen her attorney freely and understands the nature of the power of attorney. It may therefore not be straightforward your brother to simply have your mother sign something she doesn't understand or doesn't want to sign as another party would need to certify the action. In addition, if your mother declined something and later regretted it, she can cancel the power and also you can register an objection with the office of the Public Guardian.
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