Allaying fear by preparing for the future

18th May 2018

News stories last week revealing that Barbara Windsor has Alzheimer’s Disease highlight the importance of preparing for the future by putting your affairs in order.

Although it can be at a sensitive time, dealing with issues like wills and powers of attorney after a diagnosis of dementia can go a long way to allaying fears about who might look after things in the future.

Being prepared and taking control just in case the worse happens is sound advice, endorsed by specialist lawyer Claire Whittall of Higgs & Sons.

“It’s very brave of Barbara Windsor’s husband to share the news of her illness, which was diagnosed four years ago when she was 76.

“Being prepared and having all of your affairs in order is just one less thing for you or your family to worry about should the worst happen.”

Claire, a solicitor in the Private Client team at Higgs & Sons, added: “A lasting power of attorney is such a powerful document as it allows you to give another person the power to act on your behalf and in your name.

“You can advise your attorneys in advance how you would like your affairs to be managed should you ever not be capable of managing them yourself.

“At Higgs, we can help individuals and families to prepare. We can also provide specialist advice or training for those people engaged as acting as carers for people with dementia, be they family or professionals, namely around care home fees and access to continuing health care and deprivation of liberty.”


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