As a POA am I responsible for bills?
My husband, who has Alzheimer's, fell down the stairs, knocked himself out, got a frontal lobe injury, broke most of the ribs on his right side, mostly in the back, and last but not least broke his collarbone. As a result, he spent 3 weeks in ICU, then a month and a half in hospital rehab, and 3 months in a nursing home. During that time I used Legal Zoom to get Power of Attorney for EVERYTHING. I hired an attorney who advertised that he dealt with Medicare, etc. He told me "no problem" my husband would qualify for Medicaid. After that I kept in contact with him often, in person or via email. My husband's nursing home stay became longer and longer. Anyway, by the end of the 3rd month, I got a letter informing me that he was DENIED. I had paid the attorney $1000.00, and he didn't do squat! I was informed that I owed the nursing home $28,000.00! Now a year and a half later, I got him approved for a Trust Account, which means Medicaid takes all his retirement money and Medicaid pays the remainder. I however have to be responsible for his prescriptions' co-pay. A friend said that as POA I would not be responsible for the bills that I had signed my name+ agent. Is this true? If so, then can I go to the nursing home and tell them to stop harassing me??
Status: Open May 28, 2015 - 11:55 PM
Elder Law, Finance