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Looking after someone's affairs

Some people are unable to make decisions about certain things due to illness, injury or disability.

They might need help with:

  • managing their finances, such as their bank account, savings or investments
  • claiming and managing benefits
  • buying or selling property
  • making decisions about their care

It's a good idea to plan ahead to a time when you may not be able to make decisions about your own affairs.

Power of attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone else permission to make decisions on your behalf if you no longer have the ability or no longer want to make decisions yourself.

A person must have mental capacity when they appoint a power of attorney. If they don't, see our guidance on what to do when someone lacks mental capacity.

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More information

GOV.UK has guidance on making a will.

AgeUK has guidance on seeking legal advice, making wills and power of attorney.

Compassion in Dying has guidance on how to plan for your treatment and care, including how to make Advanced Decisions (Living Wills). There is also a free telephone information line.

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