Legal Case Study
Making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) during the early stages of dementia
How this helped
When our client was diagnosed with dementia, he realised he was likely to need assistance in the near future to make decisions and manage his affairs. He wanted to be sure that his son would be able to step in easily when needed.
Lasting Powers of Attorney are documents designed for just this purpose. They allow a person – at any stage of their life – to legally record their wishes about who should make decisions for them should they no longer be able to.
Our client and his son were pleased to hear that a diagnosis of dementia is not an automatic barrier to being able to make an LPA. We met with them to fully assess the client’s mental capacity. After considering his overall behaviour, his level of understanding and the information he was able to provide, we were satisfied he understood the full nature of an LPA and therefore had the capacity to make one.
Time is obviously of the essence in these situations, so we prepared the LPA documentation ready for our client to sign as quickly as possible. When necessary, we can do this within twenty-four hours.
Once the LPA documentation had been signed, we registered it with the Office of the Public Guardian. Our client and his son were then able to focus on enjoying the present, safe in the knowledge that they were fully prepared for all future eventualities.
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