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What has the death of a country and western singer in Middle America got to do with life in London?
Of course, on the face of it there seems very little connecting the passing of Glen Campbell with us in the South East of the UK. However, when the cause of death as Alzheimer’s is brought into the equation it then begins to make sense.
Legal experts like ourselves at Pindoria Solicitors see many families dealing with the devastation of Alzheimer or other similar forms of dementia.
Whilst a cure may seemingly be out of reach at the moment, the law can intervene to help families before the turmoil of this disease takes hold. However, it means forward thinking is needed.
This horrible disease can strike anyone but the way Glen Campbell’s family opened up about his illness will have resonated with many unaware of the Rhinestone Cowboy or his other huge hits.
In 2011,once Alzheimer’s was diagnosed, Glen Campbell announced he would have a farewell tour. It wasaccompanied by a documentary in which there was a stop in Washington, D.C., during which his family testified before Congress, lobbying members for more help in fighting the issues of dementia.
Here in 2017, the media is realising what a problem we have in the developed world as dementia increases.
The Alzheimer’s Society estimate over a million dementia sufferers in the next decade, so how can the law help?
Well, each year families in London and the South East endure red tape hell, because they are unprepared.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 allows people to manage money on behalf of loved ones under what is known as Lasting Power of Attorney agreements, and these are called for in such situations.
This is a drawn up document, which allows another person to make decisions where a person has lost mental capacity, but it can only be set up when the person is still able to make decisions for themselves.
Having a Lasting Power of Attorney in place does not mean the donor can no longer make decisions for themselves. They can continue as before, but the appointed attorney is there just in case they are needed.
The growing issue of dementia is difficult and we all need to do what we can to help in such situations. We hope by more people will consider this proactive preparation for their future.
If you wish to know more about Lasting Power of Attorneys, or any other legal issues, please speak to us at Pindoria Solicitors.