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11th November 2020

COVID-19 pandemic highlights the benefit of having Lasting Powers of Attorney

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Lasting Powers of Attorney hit the headlines twice in November 2020.  Once when TV presenter Kate Garraway told of the financial difficulties she is experiencing following her husband’s heartbreaking illness, and again when a 73 year old woman was arrested for removing her mother from care prior to the latest national lockdown.

News broke on 5 November 2020 about the arrest of a 73 year old retiree after she had attempted to remove her 97 year old mother from a Humberside care home prior to the new national lockdown in England. The family held a Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”) for the mother’s property and finances but not for her health and welfare. The incident dramatically highlights the importance of ensuring both types of LPA are obtained and correctly registered.

In the same week, TV presenter Kate Garraway talked about the “financial mess” she has been dealing with since her husband was admitted to hospital with COVID-19 in March 2020.  Like many couples, some of the assets that Kate used were in her husband’s name, and without an LPA in place, she found herself unable to access these. Adding practical problems like these to an already very difficult and emotional time has added an easily avoided layer of stress.

Please click here to read Chloe Harbutt’s article on the importance of having both types of LPAs, regardless of age and health.

For more information on any of the items raised in this article please contact Chloe Harbutt by clicking here.