Nobody likes to think about a time when they won't be able to make their own decisions, but it can help to be prepared. Incapacity can happen at any time and come completely out of the blue from a serious accident or stroke, to a long-term illness.
That is why it is so important that everyone has a Power of Attorney, as well as a Will, in place. A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows someone to make decisions for you, or act on your behalf, if you’re no longer able to or if you no longer want to make your own decisions.
There are a number of reasons why you might need someone to make decisions for you or act on your behalf:
One person in the UK develops dementia every three minutes. Yet don't assume relatives can just walk into a bank and access your money, even if it is to pay for your care. Unless you've a Power of Attorney already, loved ones would need to apply through court, which can be long and costly.
Just about anyone can take on Power of Attorney on your behalf. It is a position where absolute trust plays a vital role and many people choose a friend or family member who will not only have their best interests at heart, but who will act responsibly, and who has the right skills to help you when you need it most.
It is a huge decision but one that should be made sooner rather than later. Our Private Client solicitors at Macnabs are dementia trained and understand how to support people planning for their future.