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Help with will making

Discussion in 'Legal and financial issues' started by Oscars mum, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. Oscars mum

    Oscars mum Registered User

    Jan 18, 2016
    13
    Hi my mum has took a real dip in her dementia, dad not too good but they haven't made a will. Is this still possible now mums worse? Also how do I go for POA if shes worse? How do I know if she had "mental capacity"? Who can help me? I'm lost !!
     
  2. theunknown

    theunknown Registered User

    Apr 17, 2015
    325
    Hello there. This's just my understanding, but I'd have thought that as wills and PoAs are legal documents there would have to be the mental capacity to know what you're signing up to. For instance, even if someone is no longer capable of reading the PoA documentation for themselves, they need to understand that they're offering the power over their finances to someone else. They don't necessarily need to remember this in the long term, but need to understand at the time of the documentation being signed and witnessed.

    Your post reads as if you're thinking your mum may have moved beyond this. In my experience it then requires a professional (eg medical consultant) to state that the person is not able to understand the contract they are signing due to whatever reason. You're then looking at going to the Court of Protection to get deputyship over property and affairs.
     

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