Where a person is still able to make decisions for themselves, then a Lasting Power of Attorney may be appropriate.
Lasting Powers of Attorney come in two types: those for Property and Financial Affairs, which give authority to run bank accounts, make and sell investments in property and all manner of ‘money-related’ matters; and those for Health and Welfare, which give authority to make decisions about healthcare and medical matters, as well as decisions about more general day to day welfare matters.
We can guide you through the process of making Lasting Powers of Attorney, and can also advise you on the many options available to you in giving power to your attorneys – whether to one alone, or to more than one; whether unlimited, or with limits on their powers.
Lasting Powers of Attorney can only be made by a person who is able to understand what they are, and the power that they give to the attorneys.
Where someone is unable to understand – whether through an illness such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, or whether as the result of an injury – it is not possible for a Lasting Power of Attorney to be created.
In this case, we have a great deal of experience in assisting families with applications to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a Deputy, and where it is appropriate we are experienced in acting as professional deputies.