Lasting Power of Attorney, Do I Need One?

Lasting Power of Attorney, why would I want one?

 

I get asked often: ‘why have a lasting power of attorney?’.

Do you know the future?
Are you sure you’ll not endure serious ill health. Do you know you’ll not be victim of a dreadful accident.
Do you know you’ll never lose the ability to make decisions for yourself?

 

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, your grasp of reality is shaky. You’re not an adult. I’ve nothing to say to you. Shut down this page, turn off your computer and go make yourself a cup of tea – or even something stronger.

 

A client of mine had a stroke. She’s been in a coma for seven months. Her mobile phone company wouldn’t cancel her contract. She’s a hospital payment plan, but her relatives can’t make a claim on her behalf. Her bank would not cancel her now redundant direct debits or manage her accounts in any way.

By the book
By the letter of the law, these institutions are merely fulfilling their contractual and legal [even moral] obligations. They wouldn’t and shouldn’t allow third parties access to their clients’ accounts without properly obtained and correctly documented permission.

They’ve all said ‘… if you had power of attorney, we’d be able to help you. But without power of attorney, our hands are tied.’.

 

You, The Adult
It could be I who was incapacitated. It could just easily have been you. You’re a responsible adult. You’re responsible. You’re aware of the inherent unpredictability of life.

In your travels, there’s someone – there are possibly several people you’d trust to handle your affairs in the unfortunate event you were unable to manage your affairs yourself.

We’ll help you select the appropriate attorneys – we’ll help you prepare for the unexpected. Talk to us. Talking to us is free. Simply contact us for a no obligation chat about securing your family’s future with a lasting power of attorney.

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