Powers of attorney and advance decisions

 

Powers of attorney can be used to give authority to someone to deal with your assets on your behalf. There are also types of lasting powers of attorney which can be used to give authority to someone to make decisions about your health and medical care on your behalf if you are incapacitated.

It is important to plan for unforeseen possibilities, such as if you are urgently required to leave the country or you are incapacitated. Powers of attorney are important documents to allow you to do this. Advance decisions (also called living wills) can also be used to specify your preferences regarding medical treatment if you become incapacitated.

Whilst no-one wants to think about such things, it is important to do so. You should encourage your loved ones to do so as well. We have set out the basics you should know about powers of attorney and advance decisions here.

For more detailed information or advice, or to draw up one of these documents, it is strongly advised that you seek legal advice from a specialist solicitor.

Caven can put you in touch with a specialist solicitor near you. Please Call us on 08001 221 2299 and let one of our experienced client advisors speak to you about your needs.

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