Many people will have been isolating over recent months and some will be continuing to do so. It is at times like these that we realise how much we depend on others to help us out and that it’s essential to have a good network of people we can rely on. However, those we rely on need to have the tools to enable them to help us. During lock down many people have found a Lasting Power of Attorney was invaluable and many others have come to realise the need to have one.
So what is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
In its simplest form it is a legal document that you sign authorising someone to help deal with your affairs if necessary.
Why can my next of kin not help me without one?
More and more authorities are now requiring a Power of Attorney because sadly individuals have been taken advantage of by their family.
Why should I make one now when I am fit and healthy?
If you wait until you sadly have lost mental capacity due to illness or dementia it will sadly be too late for a Power of Attorney.
How can I make a Power of Attorney?
You can download the forms from the Office of the Public Guardian website or contact a solicitor. A solicitor will be able to act as the witness to your signatures and also carry out the assessment necessary to confirm you have the ability to make the Power of Attorney. Please call 0161 624 6811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have and the prepare the paperwork for you if you decide to proceed.
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