As a result of her close work with the Alzheimer’s Society, our Principal Jane Hucknall has been asked to speak to local sufferers of Progressive Suprnuclear Palsy and their carers at a meeting with the PSP Association next year. Jane will speak to inform patients of the practical benefits of Lasting Powers of Attorney, particularly for someone who is likely to lose capacity.
PSP is a rare neurological condition, similar to Parkinson’s, caused by the premature loss of nerve cells in areas of the brain, which leads to difficulties with balance, movement, vision and speech. Around 4,000 people in the UK suffer from PSP at any one time. Although there is currently no known cure, symptoms of PSP can be managed to give sufferers the best possible quality of life for as long as possible.
As the condition progresses, however, PSP sufferers often struggle to communicate with their family and carers, which can make legal and financial matters very difficult to handle. It is in such cases, where someone is likely to lose the capacity to communicate their wishes, that Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are essential. An LPA is a legal document which allows a friend or relative to handle a person’s affairs on their behalf should they no longer be able to do so. There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney— one for property and financial decisions and one for decisions regarding health and care which can include where you will live.
For more information regarding Lasting Powers of Attorney and our fixed fee price lists, see our website.