Mental Health – who’s going to look after you?

Have you ever considered who would make decisions for you if you suffered from dementia in the future?  Don’t always assume that your loved ones are legally able to make decisions for you, if you are unable to make them yourself.  To ensure your loved ones can make decisions for you, you can create a legal document called a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and in this document you can nominate a loved one or a close friend to act as your attorney.

This means that your loved one or close friend has the power to speak on your behalf and the authorities must consult with your attorneys in all instances.  In light of the bad press the authorities have had this week for failing people with dementia, this is a document we would recommend you consider implementing whilst you are fit and well and able to create one.

If you would like to discuss Lasting Powers of Attorney then please contact a member of the Wills, Trusts and Probate team on 0845 0738 445 or email for more information.