Pow­ers to help

Many of us will face dif­fi­cult is­sues later in life, for our­selves or for loved ones. LAURA RUMSEY ex­plains how the law can as­sist

EDP Norfolk - - Law - Rogers & Nor­ton is a mem­ber of the Nor­wich De­men­tia Al­liance and acts for of many clients and fam­i­lies who are plan­ning for their fu­ture.

IT CAN be a very daunt­ing time if you or a loved one is di­ag­nosed with a de­gen­er­a­tive or life-lim­it­ing ill­ness. There are how­ever, a num­ber of ways that you can plan for the fu­ture. It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that if you con­sider all your op­tions you can live well with the con­di­tion and re­ceive the sup­port you and your fam­ily re­quire.

Do you al­ready have any type of Pow­ers of At­tor­ney al­ready in place?

These doc­u­ments can be ex­tremely im­por­tant, al­low­ing those that you trust to be ap­pointed as your at­tor­neys so that they can then as­sist you with your fi­nances and your health. It is worth not­ing that a Last­ing Power of At­tor­ney for your prop­erty and fi­nan­cial af­fairs can be used at any point (if reg­is­tered) and there­fore means that if you be­come un­able to look af­ter your af­fairs, ei­ther tem­po­rar­ily or per­ma­nently, you will have some­one there to help you.

It is also worth con­sid­er­ing putting a Last­ing Power of At­tor­ney for your health and wel­fare in place. This will mean that your at­tor­neys can speak on your be­half, if you are not able to, and help make de­ci­sions re­lat­ing to any health, care or wel­fare needs you may have in the fu­ture. This will en­sure that you have to have your wishes fol­lowed, even if you are un­able to com­mu­ni­cate them for your­self.

Fi­nally, it is a good time to re­view whether you have a will in place. If you do not have a will you should con­sider tak­ing le­gal ad­vice on how you would like your es­tate to be dis­trib­uted and who you would like to ap­point to be the ex­ecu­tors to ad­min­is­ter the es­tate. If you al­ready have a Will in place it is worth re­view­ing it in light of your fu­ture po­ten­tial care needs, as your fi­nan­cial po­si­tion may start to change.


It is im­por­tant to seek le­gal ad­vice as soon as pos­si­ble, as talk­ing to a le­gal ad­vi­sor will en­able the fam­ily of those di­ag­nosed to as­sist and guide them through stress­ful and anx­ious times they are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, even if it ap­pears that they have be­gun to lose men­tal ca­pac­ity. Other im­por­tant is­sues to dis­cuss with an ad­vi­sor may be:

The plan­ning of any fu­ture care needs – there are many dif­fer­ent op­tions to be con­sid­ered from sup­ported liv­ing, care in your own home, through to care or nurs­ing homes de­pend­ing on needs

The fund­ing of your care in the fu­ture – this ranges from self-fund­ing to fully funded care de­pend­ing on your con­di­tion and re­sources

It is im­por­tant to get as­sis­tance as soon as prac­ti­ca­bly pos­si­ble; the di­ag­no­sis of a life chang­ing ill­ness is al­ways a dif­fi­cult pe­riod to nav­i­gate for ev­ery­one. Pro­fes­sional sup­port and guid­ance can sig­nif­i­cantly di­lute some of the ob­sta­cles that need to be over­come.

“If you con­sider all your op­tions you can live well with the con­di­tion and re­ceive the sup­port you and your fam­ily re­quire”

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