We all know that we should write a will, but too few of us know we should also consider something called a Lasting Power of Attorney. A Lasting Power of Attorney gives another individual the legal authority to look after specific aspects of your financial affairs or health and welfare should you lose the capacity to do so. Lasting Powers of Attorney are not just for the elderly – mental and physical incapacity can hit at any time so we recommend planning ahead to ease the potential burden on loved ones.
Although forms can easily be downloaded online, they need to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) to be effective and without legal advice, there is the danger of making errors of judgment in drafting the forms, which can make life unintentionally difficult for your attorneys in the future or even cause the OPG to reject it.
We have qualified lawyers who can advise and guide you in a practical and compassionate manner. You may simply require our help in completing the forms or you may prefer that we complete the whole registration process for you.