Have you had that difficult conversation with your parents yet?
Lasting Powers of Attorney are about making a choice, not taking a chance.
Once your LPA’s are drafted they need to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before they can be used.
- Operating, closing or opening bank accounts;
Instructing agents (solicitors, estate agents, Independent Financial Advisers) for you
Claiming and receiving benefits for you
Dealing with your tax affairs
Paying your household expenses
Buying, selling or letting your property
Paying for your medical treatment or nursing care fees
Making small gifts from you (for birthdays etc)
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 sets out the assumption that everyone has capacity unless or until it is clear that they do not.
Carisma Wills consultants are trained to carry out an assessment of mental capacity and you may still be able to make LPAs if your memory is not as good as it once was. We will help you to make an LPA if we are certain that you understand the implications of making an LPA and that you are making the decisions through choice and without pressure from your attorneys. If we are in any doubt, with your permission, we will ask your medical practitioner or a Mental Capacity Advocate for their professional opinion.