Dementia affects 850,000 people in the UK alone – more than the population of Sheffield and the numbers are rising. 10,000 people are affected by strokes every year in the UK and each one is a devastating occurrence for the sufferer and their families and friends.
What would you do if you began to experience the onset of dementia or suffered a stroke? Physically, emotionally and financially? If you became incapable of managing your savings and spending, who would the burden fall to? Would a court case ensue from relatives? Or is there a simpler solution for each eventuality?
Lasting Power of Attorney.
I partly show what this is on my website – you can read more by clicking here.
Put simply, they’re a means of giving a trusted family member or friend the right to make decisions or act on your behalf, if you are unable to do them yourself.
One of the questions I sometimes get asked is whether a Lasting Power of Attorney can be triggered early.
As long as you retain mental health capacity, you remain in charge. When a LPA is registered it is active, but it isn’t triggered until necessary.
If you were to recover from illness, come out of a coma, after a period of prolonged ill health and reduced mental capacity, the LPA legal document can return to dormancy.
Think of it as insurance – when you insure your car, your holiday, your home, your life, you don’t do so in the expectation that you will be involved in a road traffic collision, lose money on an expensive holiday, be burgled or flooded, or die unexpectedly.
A Lasting Power of Attorney is like that – an insurance policy to grant someone else the power to make legal, health, financial decisions on your behalf.
Lpas are also really useful for elderly people who aren’t as mobile as they once were due to their age. You can have all your affairs administered by a friend or family member, like going to collect your pension from the post office etc.
LPA documents are something I specialise in – and I’m happy to help you in around South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, whether you’re in Doncaster, Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Scunthorpe or the Isle of Axholme, I can help you with expert advice for peace of mind for your future.
Contact me today on: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling me directly on 07875 005 229