Forgetfulness happens to all of us at some point or another. Perhaps you’ve forgotten where you left your keys. Or maybe you forgot to turn the thermostat down. These slips occur to everyone and, whilst causing an inconvenience, do not represent anything particularly serious. There are times however when these memory lapses become increasingly frequent to the point where they begin to affect your everyday life.
If your memory has begun to become noticeably worse, and your everyday life has suffered as a result, it is worth seeking medical advice. Memory problems are linked to numerous conditions such as dementia and it is worth arranging an appointment with your GP who can listen to your concerns and possibly arrange for further investigation. Dementia can affect everyone in different ways and as well as memory loss, can cause confusion, a lack of concentration and, at times, distress.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with dementia, it is important to get your legal affairs in order. Not only will this provide peace of mind, but will also ensure that expensive legal administrative duties are avoided in the future. If a Will has not already been written, it would be worth doing so at the soonest available opportunity to ensure that your estate is distributed exactly the way you want it. In addition, it is advisable to consider creating a Lasting Power of Attorney should your condition deteriorate to the point where decisions cannot be made.
At Seatons, our team of highly trained solicitors have a wealth of experience dealing with Wills and Lasting Power of Attorneys and provide sympathetic, easy to understand legal advice at low sensible fees. We can also assess your financial situation to find out what you are entitled to in law, and to help advise you of your rights and responsibilities. For more information, feel free to give us a call on 01536 276300.