BBC Radio 4 Money Box Live – Powers of Attorney


This programme looked and the pros and cons of making powers of attorney and gave contrasting information for people living in England and Wales and Scotland, where a different legal system applies.


If you are considering granting a Power of Attorney or wish an older relative to do so, it is important to put this in place before there is any serious deterioration in mental health.  Once a person has lost their capacity, they cannot give anyone Power of Attorney.  In these circumstances, relatives or friends have to make an application to the Court of Protection for a Deputy to be appointed.  A Deputy has similar powers to an Attorney but is kept under closer control by the court, which means there are ongoing expenses.

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