A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone you trust the authority to help you make decisions, or to make them and take actions for you if you become unable to do these things yourself. There are different types for different circumstances.
If you applied to register a lasting power of attorney or enduring power of attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017, you may be able to claim part of your application fee back.
Or you might be able to claim a refund if you were acting as a deputy for someone, and your deputyship assessment and annual supervisions took place between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2015.
There may come a time when you’re unable to make decisions or express your wishes about how you would like to be cared for and what medical treatment you would want. Advance decisions and advance statements let you record your wishes in writing to help make sure they are respected if this situation arises.
You may have strong ideas about where you would like to live and be cared for at the end of your life and where you would choose to die. In practice, this often involves balancing the pros and cons of different options, so it can be helpful to consider these in advance.
It’s important to have an up-to-date will. If you don’t, the law will decide what happens to your money and property when you die, which may not be the same as what you would have chosen.
Funerals are a chance for people to remember your life and say goodbye. Have you made sure those around you know your wishes for your funeral?
If someone you are close to is dying, it can be very difficult to think about the time after their death. However, it can give you both peace of mind if you are able to discuss this together, and help to ease the stress for the person left behind.