Care after lost capacity

Losing the ability to make decisions due to old age or illness can cause difficulties for relatives and loved ones if there is no Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in place. Smith Roddam Solicitors can help you plan ahead and safeguard your health, welfare and finances if the unfortunate was to happen.

No one likes to think of a time when they are old and unable to care for themselves, but the reality is that it does happen. As we continue to live longer, we are met with capacity-affecting diseases like Alzheimer's, Dementia, strokes and other age-associated conditions. Planning ahead means you have the ability to entrust decision-making authority over your overall health and finances should you lose the ability to make decisions for yourself. While you may not have the ability to make decisions if you were to be incapacitated, you would have had a chance to discuss your wishes with your attorney well in advance.

An LPA can make decisions about how you should be cared for, what medical treatment you may receive where you live, what food you may eat and any other decisions relating to your wellbeing. An appointed attorney may also make decisions regarding your property and assets, including selling possessions on your behalf. More than one person can be appointed as an attorney, and you can make a decision as to whether they can make decisions individually or if this must be done jointly. Having a Lasting Power of Attorney in place avoids you being cared for by someone you would not have chosen yourself. It also means your loved ones avoid the upset of applying to the courts so that they can take care of you.

Smith Roddam Solicitors can help you understand the legal position. Lasting powers of attorney and living wills are explained. We also explain anything else we think you need consider using our experience - and in fully understanding your circumstances. We always use plain and simple English. And if things change, we can talk through any amendments. Our aim is to provide you with dignity at a time when you deserve it the most.

Talk to one of our experienced lawyers today and let’s plan ahead for your future. You can contact our team on 01388 881 611.

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