Government to promote lasting powers of attorney

By Lenore Rice

The government is keen to promote lasting powers of attorney, will writing, and other matters connected to life planning with a special day to be held next year.

The 'life planning day' is being held in response to a report on the Mental Capacity Act that was produced by the House of Lords Select Committee, and the government is keen to raise awareness of the different mechanisms that exist for people to better plan their years towards the latter stage of their life. In particular it is keen to improve public understanding of lasting powers of attorney and living wills, as well as educating public bodies and some private sector bodies.

Lasting powers of attorney can only be made by someone when they are still considered capable of managing their own affairs, and sets out arrangements for the management of their finances should they one day become incapable of doing so themselves.

If you would like to receive information about lasting powers of attorney, writing a Will, updating a Will, inheritance tax, gifting, trusts, or any other matter, contact Wilson Nesbitt solicitors in Northern Ireland by calling 0800 840 9293.