It can be a worrying time when a loved one struggles to manage their affairs. It is advisable to consider putting in place a Power of Attorney to ensure you family and friends can help you.
A Power of Attorney provides for someone else to take charge of your affairs when you can no longer manage them yourself or have difficulty in doing so. A Lasting Power of Attorney must be made while you have the mental capacity to understand and make the decision to appoint someone else to deal with your affairs.
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney
- Health and welfare
- Property and financial affairs
You can choose to make one or both types. We will draft your Power of Attorney and ensure it is registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.
If you do not have a Power of Attorney in place and become unable to make your own decisions then your family and friends face a more complicated and expensive application to the Court of Protection.
We can also advise about the registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney (the predecessor to the Lasting Power of Attorney) and applications to the Court of Protection.