When should I make a Power of Attorney?
You must draw up an ongoing Power of Attorney while you’re still able to understand what you’re doing. Ideally, discuss it with your candidates before it’s an issue. That way, it’s less emotional and you can be sure they are clear about your wishes. A financial LPA can be used by the attorney even while you are able to make your own decisions; a health and welfare LPA can only be used if you have lost mental capacity.