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Money Box Live: Power of Attorney

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BBC Radio 4's Money Box
Wednesday, 2 May 2012 at 1502 BST On Radio 4 and Online

Paul Lewis and guests answered your questions about 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.

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?

Paul Lewis was joined by:

Sandra McDonald, Public Guardian Scotland

Caroline Bielanska, Chair, Solicitors for the Elderly

Steve Wade, Head of Strategy and Business Development, Office Public Guardian England/Wales

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Producer: Ben Carter




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