Mental health and capacity

Care after lost capacity

If you lose the ability to make decisions due to old age, then it can be difficult for relatives and loved ones. We can help you plan ahead for a time when you are no longer able to make decisions.

No one likes to think of a time when they are unable to care for themselves. However, due to illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Strokes and other conditions planning ahead means you are able to communicate your wishes should you lose the ability to make decisions for yourself.

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows another person to make decisions about your wellbeing and affairs. Appointing an Attorney while you have capacity gives you peace of mind that your affairs will be managed in accordance with your wishes. It is not possible to create a Lasting Power of Attorney once you are unable to make your own decisions and, therefore, it is something that most people should consider putting into place as soon as possible.

That is why many people chose to create a Lasting Power of Attorney to provide protection should an accident or ill health prevent them from making decisions in the future.

There are different types of Lasting Powers of Attorney depending upon the area of your life you wish to control. To be valid, a Lasting Power of Attorney must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.

We can help with all aspects of creating a Lasting Power of Attorney from choosing an Attorney and deciding which type of Power of Attorney is right for you.

We can also advise you in relation to an application to the Court should your relative not have sufficient capacity to make a Lasting Power of Attorney.