This is an interesting question and many would argue that the Court, despite it’s claims, does not work for the benefit and protection of the most vulnerable in our society who are suffering a mental disability, often coupled with a physical disability and are therefore unable to take care of their own affairs.
However, until a change in the law can be obtained we have to work within the system. In order to ensure that in the event of you suffering an accident or illness, which leaves you mentally unable to handle your affairs, you should consider putting in hand, at an early stage, a Lasting Power of Attorney or LPA (what is a lasting Power of Attorney?). If the unfortunate did then happen, at least the Attorney of your choice is appointed and the Court will then allow that Attorney to make decisions on your behalf rather than take over that role for you.
If you require assistance in the setting up of a Lasting Power of Attorney or, you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance that a beloved relative has become incapable of handling their own affairs without having first prepared a Lasting Power of Attorney, who would be happy to have an informal chat over the phone or in person. So why not contact us now for “Coffee & Chat” to discover how we can assist?
For an interesting article by John Hemming MP see the link below
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