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Making a Will with Alzheimer’s

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s Disease, it is vital that a Will is drawn up as soon as possible, before the illness can progress to the stage whereby you are no longer mentally capable of making such decisions.

It is also important that you choose a renowned, experienced Will writing professional to draft the document.  This is because that professional must ascertain the level of your mental capacity, in line with the Mental Capacity Act 2005.  If they are in any doubt, they will contact your doctor by letter.

The advice whether or not to allow you to make a Will, will then rest with your doctor.

At the same time, it would be wise to prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney, so that someone trusted will be able to make decisions on your behalf (such as paying your bills) when the time comes that you are no longer able to do so.

Early action after diagnosis will allow you the peace of mind to ensure you can focus on the most important task of learning to live and cope with the illness itself.

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