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Pride 2020 - Planning for later life

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Pride 2020 - Planning for later life

I am extremely proud to be working at a firm that supports Pride and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole. With everything that is going on in the world at the moment, I am sure that Digital Pride will be a welcome celebration in these uncertain times.  

For those in the LGBTQ+ community, it is as important as ever to plan for the future. There may be a time when you become unwell and are unable to make decisions yourself. This does not necessarily happen with age, as can be seen by the current COVID-19 pandemic. By planning ahead, therefore, you can ensure that your wishes are recorded so if this situation ever occurs, your wishes can be followed.

Generally, your next of kin will be kept informed if any issues arise in respect of your capacity. It is important to note that your next of kin does not have any legal right to make decisions about your health or financial affairs. The best way to ensure that someone has such a right is to prepare Lasting Powers of Attorney. 

If you were to lose capacity and do not have Lasting Powers of Attorney in place, the Court can appoint two individuals to become Deputies via a Deputyship Order. This will give those individuals the legal power to administer your personal affairs and make decisions about your health and wellbeing. 

If you are within the LGBTQ+ community, there may be individuals who you do not wish to have power over your affairs if you were to lose capacity. The only way to ensure this is not the case is; prepare Lasting Powers of Attorney whilst you have capacity and choose trusted individuals to look after your financial affairs and health if ever required to do so. 

I will guide you through the process of preparing your Lasting Powers of Attorney and I am always available for a free, 15 minute chat, in the first instance to answer any questions you may have. You can reach me on my direct line – 01245 453870 – or via email on david.feakins@birkettlong.co.uk. 

 

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