You must trust your personal welfare attorney

When choosing who to appoint as a personal welfare attorney it is important that you choose someone you can trust to take your past and present wishes into account.

This is the advice of Age Concern, which says that while attorneys are legally required to act in the best interests of the donor, it is vital that they also understand the donor's beliefs and personal ethics.

A Lasting Power of Attorney Health and Welfare allows individuals to appoint a legally authorised person to make decisions on their behalf with regards to their health and well-being.

This includes giving consent to or refusing healthcare treatment should the individual become incapable of making decisions themselves.

When deciding who should stand as your attorney, Age Concern advises: "You should be confident that they know you well enough and understand your values and beliefs well enough to be able to make decisions that take into account your wishes."

The charity also recommends that anyone appointing a property and affairs attorney should make sure the person they choose is good at handling money, managing finances and keeping accounts.

Published on: July 18, 2008

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