Consider this, a loved one is admitted to hospital but you do not have a say in the care or medication they will receive – that’s because they don’t have a Power of Attorney.
All decisions to be made about their welfare and finances do not lie with you, even if you are their next of kin, unless this important legal document is in place.
Caritas Legal offer specialist legal advice in plain English to help you and your loved ones put power of attorney in place.
Lorna Brown, Founder and Managing Director of Caritas Legal stressed: “I believe that specialist professional advice, delivered in a down-to-earth manner firmly breaks down barriers and allows the bigger picture to form part of the present day solution.”
A Power of Attorney is a legal document in which you appoint a person that you trust to make decisions on your behalf in respect of your finances and/or welfare. Your appointed Attorney would normally act in the event of you losing capacity, however some clients wish their Attorney to make financial decisions for them straight away.
Lorna further highlighted how important it is to have a Power of Attorney: “Everyone should have a Power of Attorney because you never know what could happen – the past year has shown that. Most people are unaware that your next of kin is powerless without Power of Attorney.”
There are three types of Powers of Attorney, the most common being Financial and Welfare Power of Attorney which covers making decisions about your finances, property, medical treatment and care.
Many people decide to also have a Will drafted as part of their future planning to ensure that their wishes are recorded and their estate will be divided accordingly. Caritas Legal can also assist with getting a Will prepared as part of their service.
Danielle Stevenson, Senior Associate and Head of Family Law at Caritas Legal added: “People don’t want to talk about death, but having a Will can remove the need for those difficult conversations – as well as potential conflicts down the line. A Will removes worry and stress for loved ones in the future”
Call Caritas Legal on 01383 431 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss putting your Power of Attorney and Will in place. The firm are offering a 20% discount on Power of Attorney to Sunday Post readers by quoting “SundayPostPOA” when calling or emailing.
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