The thought of needing help to manage any area of our life is one that we all face with difficulty. With a little forethought and planning though, you can ease some of those worries.
As much as we do not like to admit it, there will likely come a time when we are unable to manage and need to call on help. Receiving care in your own home is a decision taken by an increasing number of people, meaning you can remain in control for as long as possible.
Whether you have family close by, far away, or no family at all, decisions on your care and finances will very likely become necessary and you may need assistance physically or mentally to put them in place.You may believe you have people that could step in, should you need help. However, this can become difficult if the legal aspects of them doing so are not in place. It is important to avoid problems in the future, for instance to ensure your in-home care bill is settled and your service not interrupted due to no one having legal access to your funds to pay.
Setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney, while you are capable and of sound mind, is the best way to ensure that your interests are secure should you become unable to for any reason.
Whilst it is possible to set up a Power of Attorney without legal help, the services of a good solicitor are highly recommended, and could save you money and avoid problems in the future.Your Lasting Power of Attorney can relate to finance and property matters, welfare and medical or both.
A solicitor will advise on your personal situation and set up a Lasting Power of Attorney to meet your needs and to ensure that your affairs and interests will be protected.Your Lasting Power of Attorney will enable one or more of your family members, or where no family is available, the solicitor themselves to legally act on your behalf should it become necessary.
A good solicitor can also protect you and stop others from taking advantage. Solicitors can work closely with home care service providers, enabling them to work with your in-home carer to ensure that any concerns can be addressed. Your carer can let the solicitor know of changes or concerns there may be, such as you being taking advantage of by others, or if you are receiving unscrupulous mailings and callers.
Ensuring that your affairs are in order, should you not wish to or become unable to organise or make decisions for yourself, is much easier for you and your family if organised while you have the ability to do so.
While it isn’t always pleasant to think about these things, getting your affairs in order early and having this safeguard should you need it will leave you free to enjoy your life without worry that things will go wrong later on.