17 September, 2010
To coincide with World Alzheimer's Day on September 21st Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is demystifying the common myth that people automatically lose the right to look after their affairs once they have been diagnosed with the illness.
Jane Cannon, a Solicitor in the Wills and Probate Team at Forbes advises, "People are often under the misconception that once dementia or Alzheimers has begun you automatically lose the right to manage your affairs as you wish, this is not always the case."
"It is still possible to make a LPA (Lasting Power of Attorney), a Will or a Living Will in the early stages of illness. Just because your memory is poor does not mean that you do not have the required capacity to make choices that are right for you."
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 illness became more progressive you will have something in place so that people can help you as soon as that help is needed.