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Power of attorney: your questions

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BBC Radio 4's Money Box Live
Wednesday 7 October at 1502 BST On BBC Radio 4 and Online

Paul Lewis and guests answered your questions on appointing someone else to manage your affairs, when you are no longer able to make decisions yourself.

In England and Wales you can set up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), a legal document appointing a person or persons of your choice to be your attorney(s).

There are two different types of LPA, one for a property and financial affairs and another covering personal health and welfare.

Or you may have already set up an Enduring Power of Attorney, before LPA's were introduced on 1 October 2007.

In Scotland you have the option of granting a power of attorney with either continuing powers for financial and property affairs or with welfare powers, or both.

If you have a question about power of attorney you can call or e-mail the programme.

How do you set up a power or attorney?

Are there questions you should ask and what do you need to consider?

Where can you find guidance and forms?

What costs are involved?

And if you change your mind, can a power of attorney be revoked?

Of perhaps you are concerned about a vulnerable relative or friend.

If you act as an attorney, what will your responsibilities and duties be?

Whatever your concern, Paul Lewis and guests were here to offer advice. Paul was joined by:

• Martin John, Public Guardian England and Wales.

• Sandra McDonald, Public Guardian Scotland

• Ruth Meyer, Associate Solicitor, Boyes Turner.

• Caroline Bielanska, Chair, Solicitors for the Elderly.

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Producer: Diane Richardson

Money Box



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