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In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, many more people are requiring the assistance of family and friends. Whilst it seems simple to ask someone for help, there are legal restrictions that may prevent this from happening.
A General Power of Attorney enables you (as the Donor) to give someone (an Attorney) legal authority to act on your behalf. This document will enable your chosen Attorney to undertake several varying tasks on your behalf. These include being able to deal with your property, finances and bank accounts and therefore allowing your Attorney to undertake everyday tasks for you, such as doing your food shopping, paying bills and signing documents to sell a property on your behalf. This will ensure that your day to day life remains as normal as possible, but gives you the option to not put yours, or someone else’s, wellbeing at risk by having to leave your home. A General Power of Attorney will be very useful during these uncertain times, and will be something you can continue to utilise when day to day life goes back to normal.
Given the current pandemic, a General Power of Attorney would provide short term assistance and support, however they can only be used in the instance, where the Donor has the mental capacity to make their own financial decisions. If the Donor loses capacity the General Power of Attorney can no longer be used. For the long-term it is sensible to put Lasting Powers of Attorney in place as they enable the Attorney to act even when the Donor has lost capacity. Also, Lasting Powers of Attorney can also give authority to your Attorney to obtain information and make decisions about your health and welfare in addition to property and financial affairs.
If you would like any further information regarding General Powers of Attorney or Lasting Powers of Attorney please contact our office and ask to speak to a member of the Priorities team.