Your Lasting Power of Attorney; A New Year’s Resolution for the future

January 2017

You may have already made a Will but have you thought about who would help you with your finance or health decisions when you can’t do it yourself or need a little extra help?

Deciding who will look after your affairs if you are unable to do so is probably one of the most important decisions you can make.   The only way of making this official is to prepare Lasting Powers of Attorney for Property and Financial Affairs and Health and Welfare.

The Office of the Public Guardian recommends that every adult makes Lasting Powers of Attorney.  The documents are simpler than they used to be and can be easily obtained and completed online or the Office of the Public Guardian will provide hard copies upon request.

Although superficially straightforward to complete we recommend that you seek legal advice before doing so, because these are important decisions that need careful consideration to make sure you explore all the options and avoid potential pitfalls.

No-one will be able to take financial decisions for you unless you have named people to do this for you in a Lasting Power.  Banks, building societies and utility companies will ask to see these forms if someone else tries to speak for you.

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