In October 2013 when Justice Minister Lord McNally announced changes to the registration process for lasting Power of Attorney he suggested having an LPA was as important as having a Will. He went on to suggest having such a document in place would save family unnecessary trauma and expense. The Justice Ministry’s attempt to simplify the registration process was intended to encourage more to make such a document. Whilst the number of application continue to grow there are many who have little knowledge of the need or the process. This is especially the case with younger people either in a marital relationship or partnership who may well have a reliance on each other.
There is a misconception such a document is the exclusive domain of the elderly most likely to suffer from degenerative mental illness resulting in them lacking the capacity to deal with their own affairs. Whilst the need for LPA is most likely to be needed by the elderly an accident or illness itself may necessitate someone else to deal with your affairs regardless of age.
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