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Kate Garraway’s story highlights the importance of the lasting power of attorney

01 April, 2021

• KATE Garraway’s heart-breaking story of her husband Derek’s year-long battle with Covid-19 has been made even more complicated by the lack of legal protection she and Derek had in place.

Kate was unable to access funds to manage her husband’s care or refinance her mortgage. She didn’t even have the legal right to see his medical notes, owing to data protection.

Research by Solicitors for the Elderly shows that 65 per cent of us think our next of kin will make medical and care decisions for us if we are no longer able to. In reality this isn’t the case unless a health and welfare lasting power of attorney is in place.

While there’s been a rise in the number of enquiries made about LPAs, lasting power of attorneys, during the pandemic, only 22 per cent of people in the United Kingdom actually have one.

To avoid this difficult kind of legal situation it’s important to use a specialist lawyer who is experienced in this area of the law, and is trained to support people making these crucial, complex and difficult decisions.

According to Which? 22,000 LPAs are rejected every year so it’s essential that you get your legal documents right.

PHILIPPA BARTON
Partner, Hodge Jones & Allen

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