Hello and thank you for your question. I will be very pleased to assist you. I'm a practicing lawyer in England with over 10 years experience.
May I ask if your FIL's wife has a lasting or enduring power of attorney please?
Thank you. The position with regards XXXXX XXXXX power of attorney law at least is relatively straightforward....
an attorney must comply with the provisions of the mental capacity act which requires that an attorney acts in the donor's best interests at all times... I note you have gone offline. Would you like to continue?
if she is acting as attorney, as above, she must act in his best interests at all times under the requirements of the mental capacity act. Further, if she is a joint owner of the property she will not be able to sign on your father-in-law's behalf and she cannot act as his attorney in respect of selling the property issues also a joint legal owner of the property. she would need to appoint a third party to act as a co-trustee in the transaction in order to sign upon your father in law's behalf
further, your father-in-law on the basis he still has full capacity, can revoke the power of attorney he has granted to his wife at any time of his choosing by simply signing a deed of revocation and serving it upon her and, if the power of attorney has been registered with the office of the Public Guardian, serving a copy upon them as well. From there, it would be unlawful for his wife to continue to hold herself out to be his attorney
in terms of the property, if his wife is a co-owner of the property, she can require your father-in-law to either buy out her share or require that the property is sold but she cannot force him to buy a new property with her and this is the case whether she acts as his attorney or not
with regards XXXXX XXXXX father-in-law's bank accounts, he can of course contact any such account providers himself to request statements for any period he reasonably requires an can show these to you if you are assisting in this respect. If he cannot remember the various accounts he holds, there is a lost account tracing service-link below
my lost account
the legal position therefore is relatively straightforward however this does not address the emotional pressure he's been placed under and the fact that he is a vulnerable person. In so far as he is been placed under emotional pressure, all you can do is try to support him as best you can in this respect. If you are concerned that he is being abused emotionally, it is possible to contact the adult support team at social services for the local authority in which he lives can visit him and provide appropriate support as they consider necessary
Is there anything above I can clarify for you?