Can you imagine or have you experienced a situation where you or a member of your family is no longer able to make decisions? Sadly there may come a time when, because you are incapable of managing your property and financial affairs or personal welfare, you will need someone to do this for you.
This frightening reality is all too familiar to many and compels them to formally appoint a friend, relative or professional to hold a Lasting Power of Attorney allowing them to act for them. The Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA); is a legal document that, quite simply enables one person to make decisions on behalf of another.
An Attorney is someone you choose to make decisions about your finances if you are no longer able or perhaps unwilling to. If you don’t appoint an Attorney, and lose mental capacity, friends or relatives may have to ask the Court of Protection to appoint a Receiver to handle your affairs. Think ahead and spare them the trouble and expense.
A Power of Attorney is a legal document where a person gives another person or persons (the Attorney) authority to make certain decisions on his or her behalf
Most care and treatment decisions can be made on your behalf without the need for a court application. However, if you wish to avoid potential disputes, you can give a person(s) authority to make those decisions on your behalf by making a health and welfare LPA.