Carers urged to consider power of attorneys

Three in five people in the UK will become a carer at some point in their lives, so they need consider gaining lasting power of attorney over their loved one's affairs, one paper has suggested.

This is the most common way of gaining control of finances and other aspects of an individual's life, but it must be set up while they still have ample medical capacity.

In many cases, it can take up to three months for this to be granted, so carers are urged by the Daily Mail to act sooner rather than later.

Andrew Chidgey, of the Alzheimer's Society, told the paper: "Very often carers are met with bank cashiers who don't understand or accept the LPA.

"We'd like to see improvements across all banks in terms of staff training and more flexible systems."

There are two types of lasting power of attorney; one of which relates to health and welfare, and the other to property and financial affairs.

Published on: February 22, 2011

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