Lasting Powers of Attorney
Kate Garraway’s heart-breaking story in the news recently, told of her husband Derek’s year-long battle with Covid. The story and situation has been made more complicated by the lack of legal protection they had in place.
Kate has been unable to access funds to manage her husband’s care, or refinance her mortgage. She also didn’t have the legal right to see his medical notes, due to data protection.
According to SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly), 65% of us think our next-of-kin will make medical and care decisions for us, if we are no longer able to ourselves. In reality, this isn’t the case, unless a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney is in place. Whilst there’s been a rise in the number of enquiries made about Lasting Power of Attorneys (LPAs) during the pandemic, only 22% of people in the UK actually have one.
To avoid this difficult kind of legal situation it’s important to use a specialist lawyer, experienced in this area of the law, and trained to support people making these crucial, complex and difficult decisions. According to Which? 22,000 LPAs are rejected every year so it’s essential that you get your legal documents right.
If you would like further information on this subject, please contact our Wills, Probate and Trusts Department. We have specialist solicitors who are members of SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly), the membership organisation for specialist solicitors who support older and vulnerable people.
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