Enduring Power of Attorney Solicitors for Limerick, Dublin & Across Ireland
No one likes to think about a time when they may no longer be able to make decisions for themselves. However, having an Enduring power of Attorney in place for yourself or a loved one can give you peace of mind that your affairs will be managed as you wish. Our solicitors can guide you through the process of choosing someone to act on your behalf and can draft and register an Enduring power of Attorney for you or a loved one.
To discuss your specific needs and circumstances with a member of our team, call us today on 061 501100, email reception at [email protected] and the appropriate Solicitor will get back to you, or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you without delay.
What is an Enduring Power of Attorney?
An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document which gives another person the power to manage your affairs on your behalf if you lose the mental capacity to do so for yourself. The person you choose is known as your ‘attorney’. Your attorney will be able to make both financial decisions and care decisions for you. Your attorney can make decisions about:
Where you live, including whether you should live at home or in a care facility
Who can see you and when they can see you
The medical treatment that you will receive
Day-to-day decisions like what you wear and what you eat
Who should I appoint as my attorney?
Who you appoint as your attorney is a big decision. You can appoint almost anyone as your attorney (with some restrictions), but you will ultimately want to choose the best person for the job. You should consider who will be able to perform such duties in the future. For example, while you may think it makes the most sense to appoint your spouse or partner, due to their age, it may make more sense to appoint one of your children or grandchildren. We can discuss all of the considerations of choosing an attorney with you to help you make the right decision.
Will my spouse automatically get Power of Attorney?
If you fail to set up an Enduring Power of Attorney, no one has the automatic authority to make decisions on your behalf – not even your spouse or Civil Partner. In order to get the authority to make decisions about your finances and care, your spouse, partner or other family member may need to go through the complicated process of applying to become a ‘Ward of Court.’ The process of becoming a Ward of Court is lengthy and expensive but setting up an Enduring power of Attorney is a simple way to avoid such a process and expense. It will also provide you with greater control over who will make decisions for you. There are other options also to ease a transition and prepare your finances and care plan for a loss of capacity. We would be happy to discuss these options with you.
Contact our Enduring Power of Attorney Lawyers for Limerick, Dublin & Across Ireland
Our offices are conveniently located at Castletroy House, Dublin Road, Limerick. To make an appointment, you can contact us by phone at 061 501100 or email our wills and probate expert Kate O’Brien, Solicitor at [email protected] You can also get a call back by completing our contact form. We look forward to helping you plan for the future.
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