Many of our clients or their families approach us when they or their relative has reached a crisis point due to physical infirmity or they have been diagnosed as being in the early stages of Dementia. You will find that we can offer you and your family comforting help. Many of our staff are trained Dementia Friends, meaning that she understand how you are feeling.
We have been able to help hundreds of families to plan ahead using Lasting Powers of Attorney.
Property and Affairs - your Attorneys can make financial decisions relating to selling your home, controlling your bank accounts and claiming benefits on your behalf. It also allows your Attorneys to deal with the payment of care home fees or care at home packages.
Personal Welfare - your Attorneys are permitted to make decisions relating to your living accommodation and care package. This is becoming increasingly important when dealing with hospitals and social services. Decisions can also be made regarding your medical treatment including medical intervention and do-not-resuscitate.
Your Attorney must be over the age of 18, they can not be a bankrupt and they must be someone you trust to run your affairs. At Emmersons Solicitors we would always suggest appointing more than one Attorney so that there is always someone available to assist you if one Attorney takes ill, dies or needs to be abroad for a lengthy period of time.
The Lasting Power of Attorney will need to be registered at the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used. By registering the document immediately, the Attorney will be able to use the same as soon as it is needed. You, the donor are able to provide your Attorney(s) with guidance, if you wish to do so, regarding the powers that the Attorney(s) will have.
A Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to plan ahead. You can choose now which relative or friend should make decisions for you in the future should you become unable to make decisions yourself.
An LPA is a complex matter but extremely beneficial for you and your family as it protects your position and ensures provision for both you and your spouse/partner should your health deteriorate.
In some ways an LPA is more important than making a will and deserves careful consideration and preparation by a Solicitor.
Tracey Hammond is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and a Dementia Friend. Emmersons has received extensive coverage as a result of our expertise in this area in The Northern Echo and on Sun FM.
We have also been shortlisted twice for the National Law Society Excellence Awards and The Northern Law Awards in respect of our expertise in this area of law.
Our private client team, who are trained as Dementia Friends give talks to members of various charities who deal with elderly client law. Jacqueline Emmerson, Managing Director of Emmersons Solicitors Ltd, has written many articles relating to elderly client matters and estate planning.
Feel free to contact us if you need any further information.
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