Have you ever considered what would happen if you or a member of your family became ill and was unable to make decisions and sign documents?
To deal with this situation, whilst you have mental capacity, it is possible to put in place legal documents called Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA). There are two types of LPA one to deal with decisions about finance and property such as running a bank account and paying bills. The other LPA deals with health and welfare decisions such as the care you may receive at home or in a care home.
LPAs appoint one or more attorneys to carry out decisions for you, acting in your best interests. The documents are made and are then ready for immediate use, once registered with the government’s Office of the Public Guardian which oversees the making and running of LPAs.