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I have power of attorney for my mother, so why won’t the doctors talk to me?

What is a Power of Attorney?

There are three types of Power of Attorney; General Power of Attorney, Enduring Power of Attorney and Lasting Power of Attorney.

I am a Deputy for my mother. Does that mean I can do what I want?

What is a Deputy?

You can apply to the Court of Protection to become a deputy for someone if they lack mental capacity. This could be because they have been diagnosed with dementia or they have a serious brain injury or illness which means they can no longer manage their affairs or make decisions for themselves.

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a document which allows another person to make decisions for you in respect of your finances and/or your health when you are unable to make such decisions.

Are Probate Fees increasing?

In November 2018, the Government announced that probate fees would be paid as a sliding scale which will depend on the value of the estate. The Government were planning to implement the change from 1st April 2019 however it appears the changes still need to be approved by Parliament and no date has been set for this to happen.

I have been disinherited. What are my rights?

The 1975 Act

The Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 allows certain categories of people to make a claim against the deceased estate if they have not been adequately provided for under the deceased Will or in accordance with the rules of intestacy (when there is no Will).