Lasting Powers of attorney during Coronavirus Pandemic.
We continue to provide an expert power of attorney service. This is not affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
A lasting power of attorney is an important document to let other people make decisions on your behalf if you don’t have mental capacity to make a decision or can’t express your wishes.
Health LPAs can cover all aspects of health and welfare from life sustaining treatment (such as ventilation or major operations) to more routine care matters such as where you live or how you are cared for.
Financial LPAs allow someone to manage your money, business or property while you are alive, but if you can’t deal with it yourself.
A lot of people are concerned that they can’t get legal help during the coronavirus pandemic but our power of attorney service is running as usual using video calls, phone and email to help you, instead of face to face meetings.
If you have an immediate need for a power of attorney please get in touch to discuss your concerns. Lasting Powers of Attorney can take time to set up as they have to be registered before they can be used, but there are other ways we can help support your health or financial decisions.
We want to work with you to make sure you have the protection and assistance you need, despite the restrictions caused by Covid-19.
At Glaisyers we understand that it is worrying to think you won’t be able to make decisions about your medical treatment in the future. Our understanding solicitors will discuss your worries and help you make an advance decision.
Your wishes about medial treatment if you become seriously ill are sometimes also called an ‘advance directive’ or a ‘living will’. Our Court of Protection specialists will help you to decide whether an advance decision is right for you.
You can’t use an advance decision to ask for certain types of treatment, it only allows you to refuse consent to treatment. If you want someone else to make decisions for you a Lasting Power of Attorney will be needed.
Problems can occur with advance decisions:
- if you have said or done something to contradict it
- if the document isn’t clear or doesn’t cover the type of decision that is needed
- if there are doubts about the validity of the advance decision
- if your doctor feels that new circumstances would have changed your decision
But, if the advance decision has been made properly it has to be followed by the medical staff and anyone else who makes decisions for you.
A Lasting Power of Attorney for health and welfare is a more flexible option and allows a person you trust to make decisions about your treatment. Your doctors have to give your attorney the same information they would tell you and can’t treat you if your attorney refuses consent. If the attorney and your doctor don’t agree that treatment is in your best interests the Court of Protection can be asked to make the decision.
Our approachable specialist solicitors will get to know you and your wishes so that we can take the stress out of making decisions about medical treatment in advance.