Enabling family or friends to make decisions for you at a time when you are not able to ensures that your wishes are followed. Leaving the drawing up or registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney to the last minute is just not an option.
Patients who have made clear they do not want to be given life-saving treatment if their condition deteriorates could be being kept alive against their will because of delays in processing paperwork registering their wishes, lawyers have warned. It comes amid surging demand for Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) arrangements in which people appoint a loved-one to make financial or life-or-death treatment decisions on their behalf if they no longer have the capacity to decide for themselves. Analysis of Government figures suggests the number of people making such arrangements has almost doubled in two years