Elderly should consider a power of attorney

Anybody who is over 60 should already have written a will and should consider giving a relative lasting power of attorney, according to a legal expert.

Responding to a question about making a power of attorney in the Glasgow Evening Times, lawyer Austin Lafferty recommended that people should write wills and ensure that they have signed a lasting power of attorney form.

Mr Lafferty said: "My advice to everyone over 60 is to write a will and a power of attorney in advance. It will not be used until needed."

He added that doing so could save a family "thousands in fees" by stopping the need to go to court to get a guardianship order should a person fall ill.

Illnesses such as dementia or unforeseen health problems like a stroke could leave a person unable to sign over power of attorney.

There are currently 700,000 people suffering from dementia in the UK, according to the Alzheimer's Society.

Published on: September 25, 2008

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