It was a full house at the Senior Road Users Workshop yesterday (Wednesday 7th March). The event gave elderly drivers information on everything “you need to know about staying safe and independent whilst driving”.
The event was held at Flyde Rugby Club as part of Lancashire’s road safety campaign and ran from 10am – 2pm. It hosted ten exhibitors including Kwik Fit, Broadway Pharmacy, Eye Health, and our own team from Birchall Blackburn Law.
Protect yourself from the worst with a Lasting Power of Attorney
As a senior road user, you make sure your vehicle is prepared for every eventuality. Cathy and Anna-Marie, both solicitors and partners at Birchall Blackburn Law were there to share some information on Lasting Power of Attorneys (LPA’s) and how they can help protect you if the worst was to happen.
Types of Lasting Power of Attorney
Our solicitors explained that Lasting Power of Attorney replaced Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) in 2007 and that there are two types of LPA, Property and Financial Affairs and Health and Welfare.
The Property and Financial Affairs LPA enables the attorney to make the decisions you would normally make in respect of your finances and your property, either if you lose control or with your consent. Attorneys can:
· Pay your bills
· Access your bank/building society accounts
· Manage your income and expenditure
· Manage your investments
While Health and Welfare attorneys can make decisions about:
· Where you live and who you live with
· What you eat and wear
· Accessing your medical records
· Making complaints about any treatments you receive
They may also have the power to give or refuse consent to life sustaining treatment. This type of LPA can only be used when you lack capacity to make the decision yourself.
What happens if I don’t have a Lasting Power of Attorney?
If you do not have an LPA and find yourself in a position where you are unable to make decisions for yourself, an application would have to be made to the Court of Protection on your behalf, typically by a family member, who would be appointed as your ‘deputy.’ This can be a distressing, lengthy and costly process.
The event was vital in raising awareness about the importance and benefits of Lasting Power of Attorney’s (LPA’s). The other speakers discussed topics including, In Car Safety, Driving in Older Age, Pedestrian Safety, Active Lifestyle, Community Transport in Lancashire, and a Drive Safely for Longer Course. Inspector Andy Trotter and Sgt John Jennings-Wharton from Lancashire Constabulary shared information and advice on fitness and driving.
Birchall Blackburn partner and expert in private client services for the elderly, Anna-Marie said of the event: ‘It was extremely successful and was very informative for everyone who attended. We were able to shed some light on how important it is to have an LPA in place. Courses like these help mature drivers get their confidence back and feel more secure on the roads. After today’s success, we look forward to next Wednesday’s event at Blackburn Rovers!’
If you are interested in attending the event on Wednesday 14th March, please book your place here.