One of the most important things in life is having the freedom and control to make our own decisions about the things that matter to us. If you were no longer able to make these decisions because of age, an accident, or an illness such as dementia, would your family know how you wanted to be cared for and what your wishes are for your affairs?
By making a Power of Attorney you can ensure a friend, relative or professional who you trust is empowered to make key decisions for you, in the way that you would want. Our experienced advisers can help you to understand how your Power of Attorney can be tailored to meet your needs.
A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint one or more people as an ‘Attorney’ to make decisions on your behalf, helping you to feel safe and secure in the knowledge that your wishes will be carried out.
- Power of Attorneys allow you to document your wishes in relation to your property and financial affairs as well as your health and welfare.
- You can only make a Power of Attorney while you have the mental capacity to do so.
- You choose the people you want to make these decisions, and indicate how you want them to be made.
- Attorneys can make decisions for you when you no longer wish to or if you choose a Lasting or Continuing power, when you lack the mental capacity to do so.
- If you become mentally incapacitated without a Lasting or Continuing Power of Attorney in place your family or friends would need to apply to the Court of Protection for a court order, which is a lengthy and expensive process and must be completed before anyone can deal with your affairs.
- Documents differ between England and Wales and Scotland, please see the relevant section below. Currently we do not offer this service for Northern Ireland.
As some of the terms we refer to can be confusing, please see our Legacy jargon buster.