Why set up Lasting Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives?

Most people think about writing Wills but too few people write down what they want to happen if they become incapable of making decisions for themselves whilst still alive.

For example, if they were to lose 'Mental Capacity' due to an accident, poor health or old age caused by:

  • Dementia,

  • Stroke,

  • Head injury

 

For peace of mind, you should make Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) to nominate someone NOW whom you trust to make important decisions on your behalf in the future if and when you can not. For example:

 

  • Did you know that a joint building society or bank account may be frozen or restrictions imposed if ONE of the account holders is deemed to lack mental capacity and there is no LPA in place?

 

  • Did you know that you may not be able to live where you had planned, such as being uprooted from your home to a residential home, in unfamiliar surroundings, if this is what others deem is in your 'best interest' to keep you safe? 

 

  • Did you know that you may be given life-sustaining treatment that you might otherwise choose not to receive if you have not made clear your decisions before losing mental capacity?

Uncertainty can be avoided if the correct Lasting Power of Attorney' (LPA) is in place so that others are clear of your decisions and preferences. This legal document enables you to nominate a person(s) to make decisions on your behalf if and when you no longer have the mental capacity to do so for yourself.

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