Continuing & Welfare Power of Attorney (C & W) – putting you in control
Everyone should have a power of attorney!
Powers of Attorney are used for dozens of different reasons, from a broken bone (making it difficult to get about) to a minor heart attack or stroke (which you may make a full recovery from but require help during your convalescence) to an extended hospital stay to suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia or another illness which affects your mental capacity.
Without Power of Attorney in place, your spouse/partner and family have no authority or ability to deal with any of your Bank Accounts, Building Society Accounts, Insurances, Pensions, Savings etc. Neither are they in a legal position to deal with medical professionals to make decisions on your welfare i.e medications, treatments, operations and care.
A simple statement but vitally important. No-one wants to be in the position of having to use a Power of Attorney but if it is in place and required it makes all the difference in the world for your own financial and welfare protection as well as ensuring that your family can continue to survive and deal with all eventualities in your absence.
Having a C & W Power of Attorney in place will allow your loved ones to:
- Manage your financial affairs in the event of an accident/illness or incapacity
- Ensure the decisions made on your behalf are what you would have wanted
- Make decisions according to your wishes with regard to any medical treatment
- Ensure any care you receive is in line with what you would expect
- Be the people making decisions on your behalf, not the Court of Protection.