Daughter seeks order to retain parents' power of attorney

Kelly Holleran Mar. 2, 2011, 5:43am


The daughter of two Beaumont residents wants to retain power of attorney for her parents, saying they should not have been permitted to revoke her status.

Fern Vaughn Jacobs filed a petition for declaratory judgment Feb. 18 in Jefferson County District Court against her parents, Robert Jacobs, 84, and Vaughn Shropshire Jacobs, 79.

Fern Jacobs claims her parents granted her power of attorney on Jan. 15 and Jan. 8, 2010. However, they recently revoked the appointment, according to the complaint.

Now, Fern Jacobs wants the court to declare her as her parents' power of attorney because she says they did not realize the consequences of the revocation papers they signed.

"Her (Fern Jacobs') only concern is the best interest of her parents as they are incapable of handling their own affairs," the suit states. "She receives no remuneration or compensation and seeks none."

In her petition, Fern Jacobs seeks a temporary restraining order allowing her to continue to manage her parents' affairs, a permanent injunction prohibiting her parents from making further revocations of power of attorney and a judgment that her parents' revocation be declared null and void.

Brian D. Sutton, Stephanie H. Harris and Larry C. Hunter of Sutton and Jacobs in Beaumont will be representing them.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B189-397

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