LPA Solicitors

What is a statement of wishes?

A Statement of Wishes is a document which provides guidance to those caring for you. It is a separate document to the Health & Care Lasting Power of Attorney and does not form part of it. It covers all the decisions a person may need to make when caring for someone with dementia. It sits in addition to the Lasting Power of Attorney forms and acts as a guidance to those caring for you. It is different to the “Preferences” section of the Lasting Power of Attorney as it provides you with more space to go into detail about how you wish your attorney(s) to act once the Lasting Power of Attorney has been registered. Because it is a separate document to the Lasting Power of Attorney, it can if necessary be updated and amended after the Lasting Power of Attorney has been registered.

A Statement of Wishes is not legally binding. Your attorney(s) should bear in mind your wishes when making decisions but are not legally bound to follow them if they think that there is a better alternative for you.