Can a convicted felon be granted Power of Attorney?
Two convicted felons have power of attorney for my 90 year-old cousin. He has claimed he has considerable funds. One is 45 years-old and swears he loves my cousin like a father. I did a background check and found state felonies, federal tax liens, and he admitted to having a federal conviction for wire and mail fraud and served time in a federal penitentiary. He is doing everything to keep me from prying and telling my cousin I am interfering.
Yes, a convicted felon can be granted a power of attorney, although this choice by your cousin certainly doesn't seem wise. There are a number of legal disabilities that follow a felony conviction, such as exclusion from public employment in most cases, but once a sentence has been served, the person retains his basic legal rights.
If you are your cousin's closest living relative, you have options. You can contact the National Center for Elder Abuse, or a similar organization, for information, and the state government has an Adult Protective Services agency. If you can prove that your cousin is being exploited, whoever is doing that can be prosecuted, because it's criminal.
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