If a loved one develops dementia and there is no power of attorney in place, then it means that their close family members or a friend will have to apply to the courts to be granted a lasting power of attorney. This enables them to be able to access and use money to pay for care and living expenses, but if one has not been written and left while the person was considered to be of sound mind, the process of applying through the courts can be very drawn out and difficult.
One in three people aged over 65 develop some form of dementia, and if this happens to you then it means that your family members could be left to manage your care. Even if you have large sums of money in the bank or considerable assets, if you have not given them permission to access these funds, then they will struggle to be able to use them to pay for your care.
Signing a lasting power of attorney is not something that should be done only when you get old or when you believe that your mental faculties are about to fail. Granting the power of attorney to a partner, child, or other relative now, could mean that they will be able to more easily pay for any care that you require.
Solicitors can help draw up a lasting power of attorney for your signature, which gives these powers to loved ones in the event that you are unable to make decisions in the future. Alternatively, if your parent or other loved one has developed dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, and you do not have a lasting power of attorney in place then you can use a solicitor to help try and expedite the application process.
Family solicitors can do much more than help you draw up a will, although this is an important part of the service that they do offer. Unfortunately, many people do not consider getting a lasting power of attorney or having one put in place until it is too late and their family suffers.
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