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    Default Duties of Power of Attorney for Family Trust in Texas

    Due to a botched eye-laser procedure and subsequent ineffective
    cornea transplants, my 80 yr old dad has recentlly become dependant
    upon in-home caregivers to care for him and my bed-ridden step mom.
    When dad could no longer read his own mail or count the cash in his
    wallet he realized it was time to delegate authority over maintaining
    his finances so he made my sister the Power of Attny.
    She lives in Missouri. At or about this time he also increased
    his in-home careprovider services from one person who came to
    his home daily to prepare meals and such bringing
    in two new people for 24/7 attendance.

    When dad told me that he actually hired these people as his
    "employees", I was careful not to reveal my immediate shock and
    concern about this.When dad said that these employees were referred
    to him by the previous caregiver and that he hadn't done any
    background investigation on these strangers, I got the feeling that this
    piece of business was transacted w/o the use of any lawyer's prudent
    oversight and advice.

    Neither my dad, brother nor sister have ever managed a company nor
    have been responsible for any "employees". My sister is a sociopath
    who systemically rejects/opposes/demonizes pretty much everything
    I say or do and expelled me from her life 15 yrs ago.

    Not surprisingly she did not responde to my recent email I sent to
    her suggesting that we discuss dad's hiring of live-in employees as I
    suspect there may be liability issues and possibly safety issues as well
    to consider/rectify.

    What are the implications for a family trust when employees are
    hired? Do my estranged relations with my idiot sister/power of attny
    render me legally powerless to do things such as requiring/demanding
    that I be notified about urgent business matters and/or sudden
    changes in his health (currently I learn stuff days and weeks after
    they happen) Can I initiate some rational bus activities on my own
    such as hiring a lawyer to review dad's situation, have caregivers
    thoroughly investigated with respect to ensuring dad's care needs
    are being met w/o placing his estate/safety at risk/liability and
    then have the lawyer bill my dad so that my oyster-brain sister
    can pay it?

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