Lasting Power of Attorney
Isn’t it time to think about making your Lasting Power of Attorney?
Drawing up a Lasting Power of Attorney can seem like a daunting process but one day it may not be possible to manage your own financial or welfare matters without help from someone else. Our extremely helpful and approachable Power of Attorney Solicitors can put things in place for you to give your family one less thing to worry about.
Why Should I Make a Lasting Power of Attorney?
It is vitally important that you make a Lasting Power of Attorney while you are mentally able to do so, in fact it’s the only time when you can make an Lasting Power of Attorney as once you lose mental ability you have to go through the much more costly and lengthier process through the Court of Protection.
Most people do not realise that if you lose the ability to make financial welfare decisions for yourself, your partner or family do not automatically have the right to do this on your behalf. If you do not plan ahead, you will have no say at all in who helps you with your finances and welfare.
A Lasting Power of Attorney gives another person, or more than one, the legal authority to make certain decisions on your behalf, in the event that you are unable to do so or lose mental capability whether it is through a brain injury or developing a disease such as Alzheimer’s.
Making a Lasting Power of Attorney is not just for the elderly, but also for all manner of people including those who take part in extreme sports or participate in contact sports such as rugby.
Lasting Power of Attorney
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney:
- A Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney – this is where an attorney can make decisions on such as things as buying or selling property, paying the mortgage and bills, investing money etc.
- A Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney – this is where an attorney can make decisions about your healthcare such as where you should live, your medical care, what you should eat, what kind of social activities you should take part in etc.
How Can Harvey Roberts Help?
Our highly specialised team here at Harvey Roberts Solicitors can help you make Lasting Power of Attorney and discuss all the options available to do, helping to make the best decision and plan for your specific circumstances. For both types of Lasting Power of Attorney you must instruct someone whom you fully trust to act on your behalf or you can give them specific guidance in regards to your wishes.
We are members of Solicitors of the Elderly, an independent national organisation of lawyers who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.