Although we may like to think that we will be fit and healthy until the end of our days, sadly this is not the case for lots of us.
Many of us will know someone who has been affected by Dementia, Alzheimer’s or another debilitating disease, and we have all heard the devastating news stories where someone has suffered injuries from an accident and can no longer walk.
We know that our wishes after we have died need to be stated in a Will, but what happens if we become incapacitated mentally or physically in our lifetime? Who makes the decisions about our welfare? Who ensures the bills are paid if we suddenly find we cannot get to the bank?
You may assume that it is your next of kin who will make those decisions. After all, they know you best and they have your best interests at heart. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This is where a Lasting Power of Attorney (or LPA) comes in.
In Scotland, the equivalent is called a Continuing Power of Attorney.
What is an LPA?
An LPA is a document which sets out who you want to manage your affairs should you become unable to.
You can appoint a friend, relative or professional so that can be rest assured that should the worst happen you have someone whom you know and trust assisting and making those decisions for you.
Our members will be able to guide you on who is best to appoint as an attorney and will be able to produce the LPA for you.
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