Mr. B’s beloved 95-year-old father was in rapidly declining health. Alzheimer’s disease had robbed him of the capacity to make crucial decisions. Mr. B needed to take responsibility for his father’s health care. But he did not have the legal authority to make decisions on his father’s behalf.
The Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry knew that there was no time to spare. A CLAM attorney collected medical information from the father’s doctors and petitioned the City of St. Louis Probate Court to expedite a hearing date.