Power of attorney is for when you have capacity.
Every year thousands of people across Scotland lose capacity – because of an accident, a head injury, a stroke or an ongoing progressive illness. The way you can plan for your future is to appoint someone with power of attorney. Anyone over 16 years can have a power of attorney.
If you are in hospital or a care environment or even your own home, no one can act for you – pay bills, manage your welfare or make key decisions – unless you have made your plan for power of attorney.
There are three types of power of attorney (PoA):
- Health, welfare
- Money, property
- Both of the above
Think and act now: If ill health or an accident means you can’t make decisions for yourself, who do you want to make them for you?