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Lasting Powers of Attorney


We all know how important it is to make a will and more and more people are putting plans in place and updating them as their circumstances change.  However, we also need to think about who will step in and help us during our lifetime if we are not able to deal with our own affairs ourselves.  This may be due to illness or an accident, resulting in us being out of action for a few weeks or maybe months. 

Alternatively, we may have seen elderly relatives struggling to deal with their affairs as their mobility reduces or as their mental capacity diminishes.  In such circumstances, who is allowed to step in and assist with their day to day affairs and the decisions that need to be made?

Only an Attorney appointed under a Lasting Power of Attorney (or an Enduring Power of Attorney made before October 2007) can assist another person and make decisions on their behalf.  This even applies to married couples.  Without such an appointment in place no one has legal authority to discuss matters on your behalf or access your bank accounts to ensure your bills are paid.  Having a Lasting Power of Attorney in place can give you peace of mind knowing you have chosen an appropriate person to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to make those decisions yourself.  Such decisions could relate to your property or personal finances and also your personal health and welfare.

It is essential to take legal advice concerning the appointment of an Attorney and the options that are available to you.  It is a very important decision but one that will be invaluable should the need arise.

For more information on this, or any other wills and probate matter, please contact Samantha Lloyd on 01905 723 561 or email samantha.lloyd@smesolicitors.co.uk.

Added: 18 Jul 2017 11:33


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