O’Donnell Solicitors provide a range of private client services, helping you stay in control of your future.
In today’s society, mental health is a growing concern. Dementia alone affects 850,000 people in the UK and statistics from Alzheimer’s Research UK show one in three people born in the past year will suffer from dementia in their lifetime.
Without capacity we are unable to manage our own affairs and will naturally rely on our loved ones to assist us.
However, unless you have a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in place, no-one has the legal right to make decisions on your behalf.
An LPA is a legal document which enables you to appoint someone to deal with your affairs on your behalf should you become unable to do so yourself.
Unfortunately, our capacity can be affected at any stage of our lives, through ill health or as a result of an accident, and it is at this stage that an LPA is invaluable.
There are two types of LPA: ‘Property and Finance’ and ‘Health and Welfare’. You can choose to have both or just one, many people choose to have both to ensure both areas of their lives can be legally managed by someone they have appointed.
You have the option to choose who you would like to appoint as an Attorney on each LPA and this does not have to be just one person. You may also add guidance and preferences so that your Attorneys are aware of what your thoughts and beliefs are in terms of how you would like your affairs to be carried out.
This allows you to retain control of your future as much as possible and can make what may be a difficult time, a little easier for your loved ones.
You are only able to enter into an LPA if you have full mental capacity, and therefore it is important you consider your options early.
If you lose capacity without having entered into an LPA, your loved ones can apply for a Deputyship Order. However this is a lengthy and costly process and can present unnecessary stress and delay.
At O’Donnells, we also offer a professional will writing service. Without a will your estate will be distributed under the Intestacy Rules, which do not provide for unmarried couples or step children.
Throughout May 2017, O’Donnell Solicitors are offering to write you a Will for free if you have an LPA drawn – just ring now to book and quote ‘Saddleworth Independent’.
For more information or to book an appointment with Rebecca O’Donnell, call on 01457 761 320 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org