29 March, 2010
To coincide with the recent Dementia Awareness campaign the NHS is running, Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is issuing a warning to people about managing their affairs once they have been diagnosed with dementia.
Jane Cannon, a Wills and Probate Solicitor at Forbes advises, "People are often under the misconception that once dementia has begun you automatically lose the right to sort your affairs as you wish and appoint a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) of your choice, this is not always the case."
"It is still possible to make a Lasting Power of Attorney in the early stages of dementia. Just because your memory is poor does not mean that you do not have the required capacity to make a Lasting Power of Attorney."
A LPA is a legal document in which you give your authority for someone to manage your affairs on your behalf should you wish them to do so. This does not mean that you will lose control of your affairs and it does not need to be used straight away. It does mean that if the Dementia became more progressive you will have something in place so that people can help you as soon as that help is needed.