Should I get power of attorney over my mum’s finances?

Dad recently died and she isn’t great with money

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.

This week’s question:

My recently widowed 84-year-old mum is clueless about money – dad did everything with the banks and bills. I worry how she’ll cope (and don’t live close). How much should I interfere? What do readers recommend – classes for her, power of attorney for me?

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