I thought I understood what a Power of Attorney meant but now a post on another thread has confused me. I understood that registering a POA simply meant it was legal and could then be used when needed/necessary but the other thread implies that once I've registered it with the CoP, it effectively takes away Mum's power to do things for herself like sign cheques. Is that right? Mum is still able to do lots of things herself (wash, dress, feed herself etc.) but gets confused with things. I'm not at the stage of wanting to take away control of her finances but just be able to do things for her if she wishes such as set up standing orders or make online payments for her. I suspect there will come a time when she no longer can do things like sign cheques herself but we're not there yet and she'd hate it if I even suggested she can't sign the grandchildren's birthday cheques herself! Have I got this wrong?