The distressing story of Samantha Partington, a journalist for the Daily Mail is another example of why it’s so important to set up a lasting power of attorney.In short, Samantha’s mum was diagnosed with dementia and the family were told she’d need round the clock care. Despite his efforts, her father struggled to cope and, sadly, he passed away of a heart attack just seven months later.This left Samantha and her brother, Michael dealing with her mother’s finances. That was where the problems began.Because her mother’s condition had degenerated and there was no power of attorney in place, Samantha and Michael were unable to deal with things for her.Instead, they had to apply for a court of protection order through the Office of the Public Guardian to become what’s known as a deputy. As you...
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