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Lasting Power of Attorney
Why do I need a Lasting Power of Attorney?
While writing a will is a preparation for the inevitable, a Lasting Power of Attorney provides a more general safety net for you and your loved ones.
In situations where you’re no longer capable of making your own decisions due to loss of mental or physical capacity, a Lasting Power of Attorney entrusts your affairs with the person who is best placed to make important choices on your behalf. Nominating a family member or friend in this capacity means that you maintain control of who manages your financial affairs, your housing, your social needs and your welfare.
What happens if I don’t have one?
Without Lasting Power of Attorney, your family will need to spend time and money on applying for a deputyship via the Court of Protection. In the meantime your affairs will be in limbo, causing additional anxiety in what is already likely to be a difficult time for your loved ones.
Although the court will appoint a deputy to handle you financial affairs, they are unlikely to appoint a deputy for your health and welfare needs. Without Lasting Power of Attorney, this responsibility will fall to social services.
It is reassuring to know that someone who knows you well and who you trust to make decisions on your behalf would be able to step in at this stage, fighting your corner and ensuring that you receive the type of care that best suits you as an individual.
“Thank you for your help in dealing with my mothers’ lasting power of attorney. You made my mother feel comfortable whilst dealing with a difficult subject.”
Gill and Alan Haines (Cleeve)
How can Richardson’s Wills help me?
At Richardson’s Wills, we believe that everyone should have a safety net when it comes to decisions over health and wellbeing.
We’ll conduct the administrative work involved in registering for Lasting Power of Attorney, and also apply for a reduction of the registration fee if you are entitled to it.
With an expert overseeing the whole process, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that your personal wishes will always be respected in your time of need.
To find out more about this service, give Richardson’s Wills a call or email today.