Power of Attorney.  Recently we were at a conference it mentioned unregistered Powers of Attorney and hospitals not recognising these at crucial decision making times.  A Power of Attorney can be written and not registered til later with the Office of the Public Guardian – but our advice would be that it isn’t really advisable a) because there are ways in which a registered POA can be used before total loss of capacity re paying the person’s bills etc for them b) if you need it urgently any time it will take weeks to register! (seek professional advice please).

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