Lasting power of attorney

We did the power of attorney ourselves by requesting the form online.  It wasn’t difficult and the forms were straightforward and easy to follow.  It helps if you have someone doing it with you to make sure that you are answering the questions correctly.

- Antoinette & Peter

Photo of a pen lying on top of Power of Attorney paperwork

Eventually, dementia will affect your ability to look after your own affairs and make decisions.  A lasting power of attorney is a legal document that lets you appoint someone as an ‘attorney’ and allows them to make decisions on your behalf if you are no longer able.  

You should choose someone who you trust to act in your best interests and who knows you well so that you feel comfortable that their decisions will reflect your choices and views. It is advisable to start to make your plans as soon as you feel able to do so.  Do make sure people close to you know what your wishes are and write them down if you can, or get someone to do this for you.

There are two types of lasting power of attorney (LPOA).  You can choose to make one or both.

Property and financial

You can appoint someone to look after your financial decisions at any time.  They can make decisions for you about such things as

  • paying bills
  • collecting benefits
  • selling your home.

Health and welfare

This lasting power of attorney allows someone to make decisions for you about

  • your daily routine (eg eating and what to wear)
  • medical care
  • moving into a residential home
  • refusing life-sustaining treatment.

The lasting power of attorney can be used when you are unable to make your own decisions.  For more information, visit the government's website.

Financial advisor, Clive Barwell, offers his advice around joint bank accounts, and the benefits of lasting power of attorney.

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