Lasting Powers of Attorney and health care decisions

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A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that enables a person to appoint someone (an Attorney) to help make decisions relating to a person's property and financial affairs in the event that person becomes unable make those decisions themselves due to loss of mental capacity. ​ Whilst many people are familiar with an LPA in relation to...
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Free Wills & LPA Advice Seminar in November

Free Wills & LPA Advice Seminar in November
Join us for one of our ever-popular free Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney talks on 23rd November to ensure that you're set for the future (please note the advertised seminars on 9th and 10th November are now full). Over half of people in the UK currently do not have a Will and this can lead to unfortunate difficulties upon death. Your...
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Free Wills & LPA Advice Seminar in August

Free Wills & LPA Advice Seminar in August
Join us for one of our ever-popular free Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney talks on 15th and 18th August to ensure that you're set for the future. Over half of people in the UK currently do not have a Will and this can lead to unfortunate difficulties upon death. Your assets may not pass to whom you want to inherit, leaving your loved ones ...
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Giving Gifts - a Guide for Deputies and Attorneys

Giving Gifts - a Guide for Deputies and Attorneys
The Office of the Public Guardian has recently published a revised practice note (PN7) that sets out further guidance for professional deputies and attorneys appointed under a registered Lasting Power of Attorney for property and financial affairs. The amended guidelines give advice on the regulations of giving gifts - we highlight the key measures...
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What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
Have you considered who would make decisions on your behalf in the event that you were unable to because of loss of physical or mental capacity, either temporarily or in the long term? It is a common mistake to assume that your decision making will automatically pass to your next of kin. However, this is not always the case. We go through exactly w...
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Dementia Awareness Day at Romford Care Centre

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Join our solicitor Kayleigh O’Donnell for an informal day of interactive sessions about dementia at Romford Care Centre on Wednesday 17th May 2017.
 
Would you like to learn more about dementia? As part of Dementia Awareness Week, Kayleigh, a member of our Wills, Tax, Trusts and Probate team will be joining a host of other organisations for an open day at Romford Care Centre in Neave Crescent, Romford.

According to research, over 850,000 people in the United Kingdom have dementia; this figure is estimated to rise to 1 million in 2025. Dementia Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness of dementia and support sufferers and their families.

Dementia is not a disease. Dementia is a term given to a group of symptoms from certain diseases which affect the brain. Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia.

The Dementia Awareness Open Day at Romford Care Centre will incorporate a plethora of informative talks and interactive sessions, including chair exercises, Namaste Relaxation sessions and crime prevention talks.

In conjunction with our talks regarding Lasting Powers of Attorney, other guests will also be present, including the Mayor of Havering Cllr Philippa Crowder and Glenn Bassett, who leads music groups for people with dementia and learning difficulties.

Tours of the care centre will also be available throughout the day.

 

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Aaron Lennon Sectioned Under Mental Health Act

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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.

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