My question involves a person located in the state of: Florida
My father is deteriorating mentally and physically. Dad is 87, widowed, living alone in a large home, but he only occupies 3 rooms. He is walker-dependent primarily w/some use of wheelchair as needed. He has recently started making comments about 'seeing people' partying & watching his TV during the middle of the night and is no longer able to recall his younger son's name. Dad has refused to sell his house & move into an assisted living facility. I am paying his bills from his checking account electronically, since my brother noticed Dad was falling behind in taking care of them himself via check-writing, yet he didn't want to manage Dad's bill paying. Dad has never appointed a Power-of-Attorney, nor is he willing to do so now. Am I putting myself in some type of risk by managing/paying Dad's expenses electronically? (I did go to the Bank with Dad, so he would know that I was officially put on checking account to pay his bills & the Bank Representative set up E-bill feature for me).
My brother does not want to lessen Dad's assets by paying attorney fees, but I feel that we are fast running out of options. Are we too late for getting a POA and probably facing the need for a court-appointed guardian? Dad's mini-mental exam by family physician showed that he was bordering on moderate/severe dementia. This is why I feel an attorney could better advise, etc. My brother & I do agree it is safer for Dad to be placed in Assisted-Living progressive facility, since Dad's finances will not indefinitely cover private-pay in-home caregivers. His house needs to be sold to cover Institutional Care costs. Since I am handling the bills, I don't know that I should be making any major financial decisions without legal counsel. Would it be acceptable/legitimate to pay the initial attorney fee from Dad's bank account?
I appreciate any suggestions/advise in regards to my questions about the above situation.