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Families urged to consider importance of completing a Lasting Power of Attorney

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Senior citizens and families with elderly relatives are being urged to consider the importance of completing a Lasting Power of Attorney, after studies revealed a significant increase in the number of people in the UK being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Studies from the Alzheimer’s Society estimate that there are approximately 850,000 people with dementia in the UK – with numbers predicted to rise above 1 million by 2025, and 2 million by 2051, the Society has reported.

Following a dementia diagnosis, adults are likely to reach a stage where they are unable to make important decisions for themselves, the Society is warning.

If a person has no Power of Attorney in place, someone – usually a close relative or friend – will need to take on the role of decision maker, which can only be achieved by applying to the Court of Protection.

Acting as a deputy is no easy feat, and will require a duty to safeguard a vulnerable person’s finances and act in that person’s best interest should a welfare, medical or financial issue come to fruition.

However, life can be unpredictable and families are strongly urged to ensure that they have the correct arrangements in place in order to effectively tackle any difficult situations which may arise.

At Lester Morrill, our specialist Court of Protection solicitors are experienced in working with vulnerable individuals and their families, friends and care teams to ensure the best possible outcome. We currently manage cases involving private clients, solicitors, local authorities, referrals from the court and case managers. We also advise on matters relating to health and welfare, receiving referrals from family members and advocates. Please contact our team for further information.