People today are now living longer than at any time in history. While this is undoubtedly a good thing and allows families to enjoy many more happy years together, it does also come with certain problems.
One of these problems is the increased likelihood of loved ones suffering from medical conditions, degenerative diseases and accidents as they advance in age. These incidents can result in those closest to us losing capacity to make decisions, and they may even need round-the-clock help to do the simplest things.
While caring for a loved one in this position is rarely without its problems, life can be made a little easier by being granted power of attorney to act and make decisions on their behalf.
Applying to court if there is no Power of Attorney
If obtaining a Power of Attorney is not done before your relative has lost capacity, attempting to gain control of their finances or making welfare decisions can be far more costly and difficult. If this happens you will need to take the matter to court to obtain a deputyship order.
Having your lasting power of attorney arranged before your relative is no longer able to legally agree is the easiest way of having it set up, as well as the best way to ensure everyone is happy with the decision.
Trying to obtain a court order after your relative has lost their capacity to agree can be expensive, stressful, and lead to disagreements within the family.
Don’t wait until it’s too late – speak with our Power of Attorney team to discuss your options and get peace of mind knowing you and your family are prepared for the future.