At Hattons Solicitors we avoid legal jargon to make sure that the information we give our clients is as clear as possible.
A Lasting Power of Attorney document is a legal document that allows you to appoint somebody to act on your behalf, in circumstances where you are no longer able to take care of your own affairs.
However it is important to remember that the person giving the power over an aspect of their life must have the mental capacity to grant the power at the time of signing the forms.
Lasting Power of Attorney’s come in two forms, one for dealing with your financial affairs, and another for dealing with your health and welfare.
Most people are aware of the financial Power of Attorney, allowing another to look after your finances or sell property, but do not underestimate the Health and Welfare form, especially in a situation where an Attorney may disagree with the Local Authority over potential care packages for your loved ones.
By making and registering a Lasting Power of Attorney, you get to choose someone who you trust to look after whichever aspect of life you appoint them to help you with.
If you are an elderly person Power of Attorney is important, as it can set your mind at ease if you are worried about the onset of a mental impairment. Therefore you can pass power on to your children or a close relative, before you can no longer manage your own affairs, knowing you are in safe hands.
However if you are an athlete it is worth considering appointing a Power of Attorney, in case you are seriously injured, as you can be reassured that your health care and financial affairs are taken care of by someone who has your best interests at heart.
Or you could be a business owner or landlord who may wish to appoint an Attorney who can step in to manage their business if they should have an accident that impaired their mental capacity to run it for themselves. This is important as otherwise your business could be left stranded until you recover capacity to run it for yourself again.
If you need more information on appointing Power of Attorney call your local team today on 0800 298 9690 or fill in the Call Back Request form to the right of this screen.