Our Associate Director Low Seow Ling shared with the Straits Times on the importance of executing a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).
The LPA is a document that should be executed by all adults at any age; it is not only for the elderly. Without an LPA, your next-of-kin may find themselves unable to make important medical decisions on your behalf or access your bank accounts to pay for your expenses when you lose mental capacity. The only remedy at that point in time is a deputy application to Court, which is a time-consuming and expensive process that will take at least 3 months to complete and can cost thousands.
Ms Low is one of only 20 registered professional deputies and donees with the Office of Public Guardian. She may be appointed as an independent and professional deputy or donee if the situation requires – for example, family conflict.