So here's a question for the legal minds of BCSportbikes.
And the only reason I'm posting here is just to get the opinions of a wider group of folks who have surprised me in the past with insightful advice...sometimes.
My elderly mother has a good friend whom she's known for 30 years.
This friend of my mother's has no family in Canada, barely speaks english, and because she grew up in a country during a time of war, has no education and is functionality illiterate. (I'm talking about my mom's friend here - not my mother).
Regardless, this family friend is a very nice lady who's health is starting to fail because she's so old.
She also happens to own her own house, that is worth quite a bit.
Recently, this old friend went through the hospital system during an illness and wound up in some long-term care facility for a couple of months. My mom would visit her frequently. She's now out and back on her own in her house.
At some point, apparently she signed some paperwork during her hospital/facility stay giving the government guardianship of her? She was shocked to find out that they've frozen her assets and have basically taken complete control of her life.
I'm not sure how she could have signed anything, because she can't read or write, and barely speaks english.
My mom recently received a letter from the government saying that any power of attornies or wills from this friend are now null and void.
I doubt my mom was even in the will, but it sounds like the government has seen an easy target here and completely taken everything she has.
She's now living back in her house, but has these government assigned people helping her live her life, which is good, but they also control all her finances. Apparently, they charge an extra 5% commission for themselves on any transactions they make on her behalf.
So how does this lady go about taking back her life and her assets?
I suspect that when this lady passes, the government is going to keep everything, which would be a shame, because she was really active in her church, and I believe she said she wanted to leave some for them and also for some distant cousins back in her old country.
Is there some sort of citizens group that fights on behalf of folks like this?