You can appoint people you trust to act as your Attorneys in case you become unable to take care of yourself for any reason. Your Attorneys must always act in your best interests and there are rules in place to ensure that they do not take advantage of their position. In this connection, your Attorneys must understand that they are taking on a serious responsibility.
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney: a Health and Welfare LPA, which deals with every day decisions about how you will live, and a Property and Financial Affairs LPA dealing with decisions relating to your finances and your property.
If you become unable to make decisions for yourself and do not have an Attorney, the Court will appoint a Deputy to carry out these functions. That person will be chosen by the Court and he/she will have to account to the Court for his/her actions. While the Court acts in what it perceives to be your best interests, the process will be costly and time consuming, and could result in someone you do not know or whom you would not wish to act for you being appointed.
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