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.