This webinar is focused on planning ahead for decision making and getting a Power of Attorney.
Power of Attorney is a legal document where one person (the donor) gives another person the right to make decisions and act on their behalf in either financial or medical decisions or both. NOTE : You can only set up a Power of Attorney while you still have the ability to weigh up information and make decisions for yourself, known as ‘mental capacity’. If a spouse, relative or friend already has limited mental capacity, but didn’t set up Power of Attorney in advance, it gets more difficult. You need to become a deputy of the Court of Protection to make decisions on their behalf.
Huge thanks to the speakers, Zoe Harris from My Care Matters, Jayne Knight from You Know and Joe Whittaker.
The slides to the webinar are available here and useful links mentioned in the webinar are below:
- Office of the Public Guardian https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney
- Age UK https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/money-legal/legal-issues/power-of-attorney/
- SOLLA (Society of Later Life Advisers): https://societyoflaterlifeadvisers.co.uk/
- Solicitors for the elderly: https://sfe.legal/
- Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/497253/Mental-capacity-act-code-of-practice.pdf
- A carer’s guide to the Mental Capacity Act https://www.carechartsuk.co.uk/mental-capacity-act-explained/
- My Future Care Handbook: https://www.myfuturecare.org/