The Ministry of Justice has launched a public awareness campaign to encourage people to plan for their and their families’ futures.
The purpose of the campaign is to encourage people to think about and talk about what might happen in the event of their death or if they lose mental capacity and need somebody to make decisions for them.
The campaign is targeted at the 25-50 age group who are less inclined to think about these issues as they assume them not to be relevant. These people often have young families dependent on them as well as other responsibilities to consider.
The campaign will encourage people to make a Will, put a Lasting Power of Attorney in place and sign up to the organ donation register.
Making a will
Your will lets you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death. If you make a will you can also make sure you don’t pay more Inheritance Tax than you need to. Also, if you make a will you can appoint a guardian to look after your minor children.
Lasting power of attorney
A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more people to help you make decisions or make decisions on your behalf.
This means you have more control if, for example, you have an accident or an illness and can’t make those decisions for yourself.
More than 10,000 people in the UK currently need a transplant. Of these 3 a day will die waiting as there are not enough organs available.
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