Advance Care Planning – 19th March 2021

Advance Care Planning – 19th March 2021

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Advance Care Planning

If you are unable to make or communicate a decision yourself due to physical or mental incapacity, most care and treatment decisions can be made on your behalf under general law.

You can avoid potential disputes, and give someone who knows you, your wishes and feelings authority to step into your shoes and make those decisions on your behalf, by making a Health and Welfare LPA.

Lasting Powers of Attorney are legal documents which offer certainty and act as declarations of intention. An Attorney could be given the power to consent to giving or refusing life sustaining treatment on another person’s behalf, rather than leaving the decision open to ambiguity, such as in the case of Do Not Attempt Resuscitation decisions applied from March 2020 and reported in the BBC link below.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-56435428

If you would like to know more about Lasting Powers of Attorney please call Victoria Pugh, Chartered Legal Executive and Accredited Member of Solicitors for the Elderly on 01743 237668 or email v.pugh@hatchers.co.uk

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