A power of attorney is a legal document that allows someone to make decisions for you, or act on your behalf, if you’re no longer able to or if you no longer want to make your own decisions.
There are a number of reasons why you might need someone to make decisions for you or act on your behalf:
This could just be a temporary situation: for example, if you’re in hospital and need help with everyday tasks such as paying bills.
You may need to make longer-term plans if, for example, you have been diagnosed with dementia and you may lose the mental capacity to make your own decisions in the future.

If you’re married or in a civil partnership, you may have assumed that your spouse would automatically be able to deal with your bank accounts and pensions, and make decisions about your health and care, if you lose the ability to do so. This is not the case.

An LPA allows your loved ones to take care of you and your finances if you become unable to do so yourself. This can save a great deal of distress and frustration.

At Minerva Estate Planning, we can handle the process of both completing the application and registering the documents with the Office of the Public Guardian and ensures that as a vulnerable person your affairs will be handled promptly and correctly by someone you trust.