Among the questions that played an important part in my decisions for our future were administrative ones. Francesco owned the house in Gallicano and also had other properties. Now he was no longer able to administer these and the responsibility fell entirely to me, although I was not authorized to act in his place.
The problem was extremely serious and impeded many of my initiatives, especially when the question of selling Gallicano arose. We seldom went there now and maintenance was difficult and costly. What I needed was to have general power of attorney.
The notary I approached clearly gave me to understand that such a document would only be valid if the signatory was sound of mind, fully cognizant and able to make decisions. It was obvious that Francesco did not meet any of these requirements.
Furthermore, I noticed with growing concern that his ability to write, let alone to sign his name, had dwindled dramatically. In the days prior to our meeting with the notary I made him practise his signature many times over. The result was mostly unreadable scribbles, although sometimes he managed to write properly formed letters with a certain ease. However, in the end it was always a matter of chance so that one could only hope for a propitious day.