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Power of Attorney

Help and advice about power of attorney.

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What is power of attorney?

A power of attorney is a legal document that enables another person to make decisions for you and act on your behalf if you are no longer able to make these decisions yourself. This can apply to financial and medical decisions.

When do I need power of attorney?

Power of attorney makes things easier for a family if situations such as a hospital stay or long-term dementia, for example, mean an individual can’t make decisions for themselves or they simply would prefer for someone else to make those decisions for them.
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Why do I need power of attorney?

Power of attorney ensures that someone you know and trust is in charge of your financial and or medical decisions. This is important for instances such as hospital stays, decisions on operations or even just paying the bills.

Do I have to lose mental capacity to have a power of attorney?

No. You can set a power of attorney at any time. There are various types of power of attorney and an ordinary power of attorney allows you to select a power of attorney for your finances whilst you still have mental capacity.
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How do I set up power of attorney?

Setting up power of attorney requires you to fill out a form through the Office of the Public Garden. You may want to consider speaking to a solicitor for advice before hand.

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