LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY
A Lasting Power of Attorney is a way you appoint someone you trust to have legal authority to make decisions on your behalf when or if there comes a point in your life that you loose capacity to make the decisions yourself. For example if you suffer from an illness which affects your capacity such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Health and Care Decisions
With this option, your attorney can make decisions on things like, where you should live, your medical care, what you should eat , what kind of social activities you should take part in.
Your attorney can only use this Lasting Power of Attorney if you no longer have mental capacity. You can also give your attorney permission to make decisions about life-saving treatment.
If you lose mental capacity and don’t have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place, any decisions about your healthcare will be made by doctors. They will consult your family but the final decision lies with them.
A Lasting Power of Attorney for financial decisions, enables your attorney make decisions relating toyour financial welfare and may include; paying the mortgage, paying your bills, arranging repairs to your home and selling your home.
You are able to decide when you want this type of Lasting Power of Attorney to start. It could bewhile you still have mental capacity, or if/when you lose capacity.
You are able to choose if your attorney can make all decisions or only certain types of financial decisions on your behalf. Your attorney has a duty to act in your best interest and they will keep your money separate from theirs, and keep an accounts record to show this. You can ask for regular details of how much money you have – and how much has been spent.
You can appoint up to 4 Attorneys to act together.
You can choose to make one power of Attorney or both Power of Attorneys
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