There is a widespread misconception held by many people that your next of kin can make important decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated.
The Office of Public Guardian has recently posted that:
72% of people think a next of kin can automatically make medical decisions on their behalf if needed to. This is not true.
In order to be able to make these decisions a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) needs to be put in place and registered.
The Health & Welfare LPA once registered appoints attorneys chosen by you who can...