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You are not legally responsible for your mother unless you choose to be and you cannot be forced to accept responsibility just because you are her daughter.
In addition, you do not have to arrange a solicitor or anything else.
The local authority are trying to make you accept what they say as it makes life easier for them but local authorities have their own departments that can apply for a Power of Attorney or Court of Protection deputyship depending on whether your mother does have mental capacity or not and they can then run her finances.
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No they cannot force or pressurize you either.
They need to resolve this with the local authority not you