Power of Attorney
What is Power of Attorney?
If you are unwell, there may be a time when you are unable to communicate your wishes or make decisions for some reason.
In this situation, have you thought about who you would want to be your spokesperson?
If the person you wish to speak for you has Power of Attorney, they would have more legal right to represent your wishes and views.
Having a Power of Attorney lets you plan what you want your chosen person to do for you in the future, should you become incapable of making decisions about your own affairs. This might be a member of your family or perhaps a close friend.
All the decisions made must be those of most benefit to you.
Types of Power of Attorney
A Continuing Power of Attorney and a Welfare Power of Attorney are written, legal documents giving someone else (your attorney), authority to take these actions or make decisions on your behalf (the granter).
Powers relating to your financial or property affairs are known as "continuing powers" and may be given with the intention of taking effect immediately and continuing if you lose capacity to make decisions for yourself.