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Carers UK Forum • Dealing with solicitors as poa
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Dealing with solicitors as poa

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:34 pm
by George _1609
Hi I am wondering if there is anybody on the forum that is or was having difficulties with solicitors appointed as poa, we are having a horrible time trying to get information on anything relating to our relations wellbeing, we have hit a brick wall, with solicitors hiding behind the law

Re: Dealing with solicitors as poa

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:53 pm
by bowlingbun
Is the person concerned elderly or disabled? What are the solicitors refusing to disclose - financial or health related? Only give the information you are comfortable with. Carers UK has a helpline - often busy, but there is an email facility as well.

Re: Dealing with solicitors as poa

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:22 pm
by Elaine
Hi George
The Solicitors MUST act in the person's best interests/according to the instructions contained in the POA and if you have proof that they are not doing so then I'm sure you can report it. Try the .gov website for information or e-mail the help on this site in confidence.
I am not sure of the law as to whether you can check the details of the POA. Is it possible that the solicitors as the person's attorneys have been instructed not to give you any information? (Just for you to ask yourself, not tell me).
Consider whether your relative had a reason/thought they had a reason why they didn't name family members as their attorneys or joint attorneys?
It can be very upsetting but both NHS people and attorneys MUST protect the patients confidentiality and obey the instructions given in the POA when the patient was deemed to have capacity to make those decisions, even if it seems silly or wrong.
Relatives have no more 'rights' to information than anyone else although some doctors seem to use a bit of discretion about that when it's very close family.
Hope all improves for you.
Elaine

Re: Dealing with solicitors as poa

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:35 am
by bowlingbun
My dad's GP was initially reluctant to tell me how ill he was. I knew he had prostate cancer and was very ill, and I was worried about how I would cope. Since mum was very disabled, when he died that would leave me solely responsible for her, when I already had a son with severe learning difficulties. I finally got round the problem by first ringing the prostate cancer charity for an open and honest discussion - they told me that dad probably had only 6 months to live. I then went back to the GP, and told them what they said. He then said that he couldn't talk specifically about dad, but could talk generally about how the disease progressed, which was very helpful. He did not contradict the 6 month prognosis (only 2 weeks out). He also said that usually, about 2 weeks before they died, they would usually take to their bed and never really get up again. This also proved to be accurate. I hope with this information might help you find out what you need for your loved one.