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New guide on making a lasting power of attorney

Myers Guide Power of Attorney SmallWith dementia rates on the increase, you may be concerned about who will make decisions about your health and finances if you lose mental capacity in the future. The best way to ensure your wishes are followed is to make a lasting power of attorney.


A lasting power of attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf in the event you lose mental capacity. Without this in place, your family will be forced to apply to the Court of Protection for permission to make decisions on your behalf, which can be a long, expensive, and intrusive process.

Our latest guide will take you through the main issues faced by those looking to make a lasting power of attorney, and answer some frequently asked questions, including:

  • what are the risks if I do not have a lasting power of attorney?
  • what types of lasting power of attorney can I make?
  • can I make one if I have been diagnosed with dementia?
  • when does a lasting power of attorney come into effect?
  • will I have to pay my attorneys?
  • what safeguards are there to protect me?
  • I have an old enduring power of attorney, is it still valid?
  • can I change a lasting power of attorney once I have made it?
  • can I cancel a lasting power of attorney?

To download our new guide ‘Lasting power of attorney’, click here

For a confidential discussion about any wills and probate issues, and for help making a will or a lasting power of attorney and an advance decision or statement, please contact Stephen Myers on 01782 525007 or email Stephen.Myers@myerssolicitors.co.uk.

Stephen can also help if you need advice on accessing funding for care costs from the NHS or your local authority, or if you are concerned that a relative with dementia is being held against their will or mistreated in a hospital or care home.
The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.