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Grenfell disaster and the effects of dementia.

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I was watching the news last night and saw that one family is still awaiting accommodation a year on from the Grenfell tower disaster.

The report stated that the process had been slowed because unfortunately the leaseholder had Alzheimer’s and did not have capacity to sign a new lease. In these circumstances, where there is no lasting or enduring power of attorney in place, the family would need to apply to the Court of Protection to be formally appointed to deal with his financial affairs. This process can take between 6 - 12 months.

This was such a difficult situation for the family and made worse because, on the face of it, the family did not have any legal authority to deal with the gentleman’s financial affairs. Although Alzheimer’s is often seen as a disease that occurs slowly, this is not sometimes the case and none of us knows what is round the corner. My view is that it is better to be prepared and make things easy for your loved ones rather than take a chance. Make a lasting power of attorney (LPA) for both finances and health and welfare to ensure that your family or trusted ones can help, if and when needed. 

If you would like more information or to speak to one of our experts about acting for and providing for loved ones, please do not hesitate to contact one of our specialists.  I am based in our Chelmsford office and can be reached on 01245 453 835 or email me at