Convenient Wills, 16 Thomas Avenue, Newcastle-
Overview – Lasting Power of Attorney -
Attorneys and Replacement Attorneys
Restrictions and Guidance Notes to Your Attorneys
Person to Be Notified
Can I Make My Own Lasting Power of Attorney?
Why should I use Convenient Wills to help make my LPA?
Real Life Examples
Example 1: I (proprietor of Convenient Wills) was appointed attorney for a long time friend. Sadly that friend has now passed away but in the final weeks of her life friend I had to use the LPA Health and Welfare on a number of occasions. On each occasion there was no hesitation by the official giving me information and discussing my friends needs -
Example 2: My client told me about the experiences she had had with her husband.
He had been admitted to hospital with a blood infection and she was told by the doctors that he only had 2 to 24 hours to live. The doctors indicated that they were not intending on giving him any medication to fight his infection, and food and drink was not to be given either as this would merely prolong his suffering. My client, and her family who had subsequently arrived, had to watch her husband’s condition deteriorate – just waiting for one of his vital organs to fail and for him to die. The family’s request to give him food, water, and medication were declined.
The family stayed with him, and agreed a rota systems to ensure someone was by his bedside at all times. After 24 hours one of the family members took matters into her own hands and gave the husband some water – which he gulped down. The family also took up the case with the hospital as to why no medication was being given. They eventually agreed to give the husband a course of antibiotics and from that moment on matters began to improve.
Within a further 48 hours the husband had fully recovered and is still alive today – some 18 months later. Had the family not been there and argued hard with the NHS staff the husband would have died.
It turns out that the husband had been placed on a plan similar to the Liverpool Care Pathway. Also the doctors had misdiagnosed the husband, believing that prior to picking up the blood infection he was able to communicate whereas in fact the husband had not communicated with anybody for a number of years due to suffering from the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s.
The families experiences would have been so much easier had the husband made an LPA Health and Welfare.
Example 3: I was called by the daughter of my client. She thanked me for arranging an LPA Health and Welfare for her mother. The mother had now passed away but in the latter few weeks of her life the daughter, in conjunction with her father, was able to make a number of significant decisions – albeit painful ones that required considerable soul searching -
In each case, having the LPA which granted her and her father the appropriate powers, enabled the family to feel that they were in control of mother’s destiny -
The daughter commented that other families were less fortunate because their loved ones have not made a Lasting Power of Attorney Health and Welfare.