Until recently, no one had an automatic right to see your Will, even if you had lost capacity to make a financial decision. If you wanted to allow your Attorney to see your Will, you would have to have included a specific condition in your Lasting Power of Attorney for Property & Financial Affairs or signed a separate letter to go with your Enduring Power of Attorney.
There are a number of legal issues that can arise when children with disabilities move from paediatric to adult care. The transition can present challenges for families, who may need advice on how an Application to the Court of Protection for a Health and Welfare Order can give them the authority to make healthcare decisions for their child after they become a young adult. Without such an Order in place, a parent or member of the family has no legal right to interfere which that young adult’s care.
As the UK population ages, knowing our legal rights and putting in place plans for our later years is more important than ever.
The Office of the Public Guardian recently produced guidance in an attempt to clarify the current rules on deputies and how they should approach family care payments.
The Alzheimer’s Society’s recent statistics show that this year there are 850,000 people with dementia and that one in three people born in 2015 will develop dementia in their lifetime.
Frightening statistics indeed, but what do people need to consider now to ensure that, if it happens to them, they have done all they can to make sure their assets and family are protected as much as they possibly can be?