The possibility that one day, we may not be able to manage our own affairs due to old age, illness or injury is a thought we don’t care to think about. We can never be sure what the future holds. With an increasing number of people diagnosed with dementia it is prudent to consider and plan for such a possibility.
The only certain way to ensure that someone we choose and trust can make decisions on our behalf is to make a lasting power of attorney. Hopefully you will never need it, but if you do it will be a huge relief to know you acted with foresight. There are several different types of power of attorney and our specialist lawyers can advise which is the best option in your circumstances. The most common powers of attorney today are Lasting Powers of Attorney.
A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document which allows you to choose someone (‘your attorney’) you can depend on to look after your property and financial affairs or health and welfare when you are no longer able to make those decisions for yourself.
Our lawyers have specialist expertise in drafting Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) specifically tailored to your personal requirements and they can advise on the best type of LPA to suit your needs. The Lasting Power of Attorney must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used. Our team can also help you with registration.