We live in what is called an 'Ageing Society'. People are getting older and living longer.
Inevitably, this means some or us will lose mental capacity to the extent that we are no longer able to make decisions about our health and welfare and financial affairs.
When someone loses capacity their affairs must be looked after by a third party on their behalf. Sometimes this is done by a Deputy appointed by the Court of Protection. However, we retain the right to decide who looks after our affairs until we lose capacity.
If we want to retain an element of control over our affairs if we lose capacity we must draw up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). A properly drafted LPA will allow you to choose who will make decisions on your behalf in relation to either or both your health and welfare and/or property and financial affairs.
Why leave things to chance?
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Our solicitors will be pleased to help.
Geoff joined the firm in 2019 and has over 30 years experience in dealing with Private Client matters. Geoff specialises in Wills and Probate, Trusts/Asset Preservation and Powers of Attorney.
Fiona qualified in 2012 and joined the firm in 2021 after having previously worked for a number of years in legal advice clinics based at Northumbria University and the University of Sunderland. Fiona also lectures part time at the University of Essex online. She now specialises in Wills and Probate, Trusts/Asset Preservation, Powers of Attorney and NHS continuing healthcare advice.