Power of attorney prevents difficult situations

Establishing a lasting power of attorney is one of the best ways in which people can guard themselves against difficult situations, an expert has pointed out.

Andrew Proctor, head of knowledge for the Alzheimer's Society, explained that people need to think ahead to avoid having to make hard decisions when a person becomes ill or incapacitated.

He told the Independent that the earlier plans are put in place, the less scary it will be for loved ones if the situation arises when an LPA needs to be put into action.

"We come across frequent instances where people haven't taken out a lasting power of attorney, families become fractured and the courts have to get involved ," Mr Proctor added.

Caroline Bielanska, chief executive of Solicitors for the Elderly, recently told the Daily Telegraph that many banks are not being given the training they need to deal with power of attorney requests.

Published on: June 23, 2011

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