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First - Thanks for all the answers and the referrals to the other boards.

Second - My dad and mom do not have a joint account. Up until a year ago, they had separate residences. My dad gives my mom $500 a month. None of this is "formally" settled. Theoretically they are separated, though no legal type of paperwork has ever been done. hmm...this is a _very_ long story which probably should be posted on another board.

Third - The Lawyer who drew up the will moved to another state and is either retired, or no longer living. I have no idea how long ago the will was drawn up. I would imagine it was before my oldest brother got married and that was a good 30(?) some years ago.

My dad told me that my second oldest brother told him that he should put me on as POA because I am living at the house with him. (Which if you know the history of my second brother is quite a relief, because he would _not_ be a good choice for POA.) (ie: he believes that using OPM {other peoples money}, is an optimal way to get ahead.)

I'd like to see my dad write a new will and get some of the ambiguous legal details settled between him and mom. Unfortunately, it will probably only turn into a screaming match. (and a serious headache for me.)

Hmm... I think I had more to say but this cold has wiped me out and my brains a bit foggy.

Thanks for the help and info. Evidently, I've got a lot more homework to do.

Lady I.
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