Legal matters

Making a will

If someone dies without leaving a will, dealing with their estate can be complicated. It may mean their wishes are not followed. Try to encourage the person you care for to think about what they would like to happen to everything they own after their death.


Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

Lasting power of attorney allows you to act on behalf of another person if they lack capacity to make decisions. There are two types of LPA:

  • Finance LPA allows you to make decisions about the person’s money.
  • Welfare LPA allows you to make decisions about their care and treatment.

However, Lasting Power of Attorney can be expensive and may be unnecessary. Ask your solicitor or the Family Support Team for advice.


Marriage and civil partnership

If you and your partner are not married this can impact on bereavement benefits and inheritance issues. Ask for help and advice.