Many people choose to create a lasting power of attorney (LPA) to provide protection should they be unable to make their own decisions in the future. The release of the movie Still Alice has increased awareness of the importance of making a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) predominately regarding Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia.
However, there is also a Property and Finances LPA that can be activated if you become physically incapacitated. This means that the person/s you have nominated can sign cheques and deal with other financial and property requirements on your behalf.
Creating a power of attorney is a good way to ensure that your wishes will be respected in the future if you should ever be in a position due to illness or injury where you are unable to make your own decisions.
Sometimes you may not agree with the decisions that an attorney is making on behalf of a relative or loved one and you may wish to challenge them. If this is the case, we can provide the help and support you need. We’ll let you know if you can challenge the power of attorney and will guide you through the process. We can also help you appeal to the Court of Protection in order to make decisions on behalf of a relative.
If you’d like to find out more about power of attorney, contact one of our friendly, specialist solicitors on 01905 401 893. With our free initial assessment promise, you can easily get answers to your most urgent questions from an experienced legal expert before deciding what action to take next.