Sad news was revealed this week that comedian, actor and director, Terry Jones, has been diagnosed with a progressive form of dementia.
Dementia can take a variety of forms and it is very difficult not only for the victim to cope with, but also for the family and friends to see a loved one suffering in this way.
Whilst it is not easy to think of the practical issues that arise from a loved one suffering from dementia, there are a number of important considerations such as who will manage their finances, their property and even make medical decisions on their behalf. Dealing with these issues can cause difficulties for the family and friends of a dementia sufferer, at what is already an extremely traumatic time for them.
No one likes to think about the possibility of them or a loved one suffering from any form of dementia, but sadly it does happen and it is important to be prepared in case.
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 ones peace of mind that they are able to make decisions for you should the need arise.
MORE INFORMATIONIf you are interested in learning more about making a Lasting Power of Attorney,please contact a member of our Wills, Trusts, Tax and Probate Department who can expertly guide you through the process. Call 01708 229 444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This article was written by Chris Dickinson, an Associate Solicitor in our Wills, Trusts, Tax and Probate Department 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 at September 2016.