The current pandemic has caused people to examine their personal arrangements more seriously. Whilst this often means reassessing an existing will or considering making one for the first time, it also includes thinking about Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). Despite the difficulties in getting LPAs executed, which the Office of the Public Guardian acknowledges, many are still being put in place during this time.
It's important for both those making LPAs and those being appointed as attorneys to understand how these documents work and what the role of attorney entails. If you are considering appointing an attorney or have been asked to accept an appointment, take a look at our answers to some frequently asked questions: https://www.charlesrussellspeechlys.com/en/news-and-insights/insights/private-wealth/2020/what-does-it-mean-if-i-agree-to-be-someones-attorney/
It's worth remembering that the responsibilities of attorneys remain unchanged despite the ongoing restrictions on our movement. If you have been appointed as an attorney and are unsure of what is expected of you, now is as good a time as any to familiarise yourself with the role.
If you want to make an LPA now, you can still do so while observing government guidance on social distancing, self-isolating and shielding.