power of attorney
It is always difficult to think and talk about the possibility of losing mental faculties. At the same time most people are aware of the possibilities of suffering strokes or suffering from dementia and may have experienced these conditions in relatives or friends.
Lasting Power of Attorney
The Mental Health Act of 2007 was introduced to offer more protection to people who may be too incapacitated to make their own decisions. The act created the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). This document grants authority to a relative or friend to deal with property and financial issues when it is no longer possible for someone to take their own decisions.
This is known as a Property and Finance LPA.
The changes in legislation in 2007 also made it possible to make an advance decision setting out any medical treatment you do not want to receive should you later be unable to communicate your wishes. This is known as a Health and Welfare LPA.
Remember that an LPA can only be set up whilst you still have mental capacity so it is important to act early.
Enduring Power of Attorney
Following the law changes in 2007, LPA’s replaced Enduring Powers of Attorney. These were only valid for powers over property and financial affairs, not for health and welfare. If you have one of these it is still valid but you should consider up-dating it to an LPA.
How t4c can help
Your LPAs can be carefully drafted by t4c’s expert legal representatives to suit your individual wishes and you will be advised on how they apply in practice.
E mail or call one of our helpful care advisors now on 01256 313830.