England and Everton footballer Aaron Lennon has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act, once again showing how mental health can affect people of all ages and backgrounds.
The primary concern for the family of a loved one affected by mental health is the speedy recovery of the person concerned, however, they will also have practical concerns such as who will manage the finances and property of the person affected, and even consideration of medical treatment decisions. Dealing with these issues can cause difficulties for the family at what is already an extremely traumatic time.
No one likes to think about the possibility of any form of mental illness but sadly it can affect anyone; it is therefore important to be prepared.
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that enables you to appoint someone to legally manage your property and financial affairs, as well as make health and welfare decisions on your behalf in the event you become unable to make those decisions.
An LPA is best viewed as an insurance document – hopefully, it will never be needed, but by having it in place it gives both you and your loved one’s peace of mind that they are able to make decisions for you should the need arise.
If you are interested in learning more about Lasting Powers of Attorney please contact a member of our Private Client Team today who will be happy to talk you through the process.This article was written by Chris Dickinson, Solicitor in our Wills, Tax, Trusts and Probate team at Pinney Talfourd Solicitors. This article is only intended to provide a general summary and does not constitute legal advice. Specific legal advice should be taken on each individual matter. This article is based on the law as of May 2017.