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1. I regret to say that once your mother has senile dementia, then she lacks the legal capacity to make a Power of Attorney. So, your sister will not be able to get a Power of Attorney over her. Instead, your sister would have to apply to have your mother made a Ward of Court, whereby a Committee would be appointed to administer your Mum´s affairs and to make provision out of her assets for her care. Here, you should see a solicitor because a Ward of Court application to the High Court would need to be made in respect of your mother, for her to be made a Ward of Court. Normally two to three people would be appointed as your mother´s committee and they would then be empowered to make decisions in respect of her, to manage your Mum´s assets and to provide for her care.
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3. I realise the law in this area is quite complex. However, I regret to say that the alternative would have been to have arranged an Enduring Power of Attorney before your mother lost her mind. Once she has dementia, there is no alternative to a Wardship application.