Legal Information

Sometimes carers are faced with making decisions that are legally binding and this can seem daunting. Our team have pulled together information on the most common topics we are asked about to help you think about decisions you may need to make in the future. 

Making a Will

You may not want to think about what will happen after you die and the thought of putting it down in writing can be upsetting.  

However, writing a will allows you to set out what you want to happen after you die. It ensures that your wishes are set out clearly and you can choose who you want to deal with things on your behalf. By not planning for the future, you could be leaving your family with extra work at what is already an emotionally charged time.  

Lasting Power of Attorney

If you feel the person you are supporting may not be able to make decisions for themselves in the future then you may want to consider a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). 

Mental Capacity

The person you care for may lack capacity to make decisions about money, health and other matters. You may need to help them to make those decisions, or you may have to act or make decisions on their behalf. The Mental Capacity Act is a law that sets out what should happen when this happens. 

Getting Help Through an Advocate

If you feel the person you are supporting may not be able to make decisions for themselves in the future then you may want to consider a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).