It is good news that we are all living longer, but this can present fresh challenges when it comes to the issue of capacity and caring for our loved ones. It can be the case that the parent/child relationship reverses and it can be difficult to help a loved one with their finances or health needs without the correct legal paperwork in place. Health issues can occur without warning and with illnesses such as dementia, it is essential to start planning and having those conversations with friends and family members so they know what should happen in the event of losing capacity. This can save a lot of worry, uncertainty, and expense in the future.
Lasting Powers of Attorney are good way of ensuring that your family or friends are able to make decisions for you when you can no longer make those decisions for yourself. There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney, one relating to Property and Financial Affairs and the other relating to Health and Welfare.
Hewitts can help by ensuring that the documents are completed correctly and in accordance with your wishes. If you would like more information please contact your local Hewitts office for advice.