Please note the names have been changed to protect confidentiality.
Paul’s parents were both in their late eighties. His mother’s memory problems had been increasing for a number of years and his father had become her main carer at their remote country cottage.
In the summer of 2013, Paul’s father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died six weeks later. His mother’s condition made it impossible for her to manage her affairs or make decisions.
His parents had planned ahead however and had drafted Enduring Powers of Attorney (the predecessor of the Lasting Power of Attorney) eight years before.
These named Paul as their Attorney and he was able to step in and help his mother with her affairs. This included sorting out her pension and benefits entitlements, renting out her property, finding her the residential care she needed.