To POA or not to POA?
byon 09-05-2012 at 06:43 AM (215 Views)
Hi everyone, Would really appreciate some advice as to wether to bother with POA for my Dad. Hes 76 with recently diagnosed VasD. His consultant has suggested we go down the Power of Attorney route asap. I was going to fill the forms in myself but to be honest I haven't got the time or the energy. So I phoned our solicitor who told us not to bother with the welfare part just do the financial part. This would cost a total of £650. As Dad is in council rented property, only has around £4,000 in as ISA and I have my own card for his banking (joint account) as he keeps losing his card and forgets his PIN. I can't see that we really need POA for his finances as we are coping OK with his money and he doesn't own his own home. The solicitor thought it not worth paying for the Welfare side of POA as the NHS etc. usually listen to family point of view anyway. Feeling a bit confused to say the least, and due to the nature of this illness Dad could take a sudden downturn which would render him uncapable of making these decisions.