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Appointing a trusted power of attorney

Appointing a trusted power of attorney  Northwich solicitors Stonehewer Moss believe in the good reasons for making a Lasting Power of Attorney so much that solicitor Michael Brennan has created one for himself. Michael is 46 and unmarried without children so he decided to take responsibility for himself should he lose mental capacity in the future by appointing a trusted power of attorney.

Michael says, “The firm  asked me to look at services we can offer to the elderly. The experience has been worthwhile, not least because on reflection I find reference to services for the elderly a bit offensive. Sadly, we have no warning in many instances of when we will become incapacitated and then it is too late to make sensible arrangements. Earlier this year I found myself at a bank counter publicly trying to explain what I wanted to do about an account when I was called in for what thankfully turned out to be a clear scan. I could do nothing about it in the time given. Past 40 I think the responsible thing to do is to make those sensible arrangements, which includes a Lasting Power of Attorney. I know I am putting the burden on someone but at least it is a willing volunteer and someone else like my neighbour should not be burdened dealing with my affairs if I lose capacity for any reason. Preparing the attorney myself has given me insight in to the sort of restrictions on the use of the power given to an attorney that I want to be in place. It should have  been registered in January 2016 but in reality it took until Mid April and my personal experience proves the need to plan rather than leave the appointment until there is a crisis by appointing a trusted power of attorney .”

Please view our FAQS blog about Lasting Powers of Attorney that is tagged to this blog for more information. Clear advice can be found on the websites of the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Office of the Public Guardian. Anyone in Cheshire or the North West wanting advice from a solicitor on Powers of Attorney or the making of a will can call Stonehewer Moss on 01606872200 or e mail

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