GDPR & Lasting Power of Attorney’s – why it’s more important than ever to put a Lasting Power of Attorney in place

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What is a Lasting Power of Attorney & why you need one

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document which lets you decide who you wish to help make decisions on your behalf in relation to your property and financial affairs and health and welfare when you are not able to make those decisions yourself.

Be aware that you are only able to make a Lasting Power of Attorney whilst you still have sufficient mental capacity.

It seems daunting to think of a time when you may lack capacity whether it be through illness, your age or an accident however, it is sensible to prepare for the future.

What is GDPR?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulations. GDPR came into force on 25th May 2018. It is designed to modernise Laws that protect the personal information of individuals. It replaces a new emphasis on how personal data is stored and used.

GDPR and Lasting Powers of Attorney

GDPR has brought in tougher restrictions on data processing which means that more checks will exist for those who seek to act on another’s behalf hence the importance of a Lasting Power of Attorney.

If you do not have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place, no one has the legal authority to make decisions for you if you are unable to do so yourself.

Should a Lasting Power of Attorney be required and you not have one in place, this could result in a very costly application to the Court of Protection to appoint a Deputy to act on your behalf.

Contact us for further information

Should you wish to speak with one of our team at Morrish Solicitors who specialise in this area, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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