Legal Advice

Legal tools and alzheimer’s disease

LEGAL TOOLS AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it is essential that you are legally prepared to deal with any eventuality that may arise. We will help you to organise and handle your estate.

Three legal tools to ensure your decisions are respected

  • Poderes generales preventivos

    Preventive general power of attorney

    This designates a person, persons or institution that will represent your interests.

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    • Approx. €130

      This document can be revoked by the grantor.

      You can establish who will be authorised to represent you and any causes that will extinguish the power of attorney. It is effective when the person is alive and is extinguished when he/she dies. There are two types of preventive general powers of attorney: a strict power of attorney and one which will remain in effect in the event of incapacity.

      You must ask a Notary Public to prepare this document..

  • Autotutela

    Enduring power of attorney

    Names persons or institutions who will care for you and handle your estate matters or excludes a party from doing so.

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    • Approx. €60

      This document can be revoked by the grantor.

      Enduring power of attorney will help you designate a person to take care of you (guardian) or your estate (administrator) or to exclude a person from doing so. It is in force when the person is alive and is extinguished when he/she dies.

      You must ask a Notary Public to prepare this document..

  • Voluntades anticipadas

    Advance directives

    These establish and convey instructions regarding medical treatment in your living will.

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    • You can also prepare a private document and sign it before three witnesses who are not related to you.

      Approx. €60

      This document can be revoked by the grantor.

      It is important for you to register your living will so that it is included in your medical history in the public health system. This ensures that your physicians will be informed of and respect your wishes.

      You must ask a Notary Public to prepare this document.

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INCAPACITY, A LAST RESORT SOLUTION

If a family member suffers from Alzheimer’s but has not signed preventive or enduring power of attorney and is unable to take any decision on their own, you can lodge an appeal and apply for guardianship due to incapacity.

This is a last-resort process which is emotionally trying and costly, but it may be the only option that will protect the patient from making poor decisions.

This process can only be started at the request of a spouse or descendants (children or grandchildren), ascendants (parents or grandparents), siblings or the Tax Authority.

YOUR NOTARY PUBLIC AS YOUR BEST ALLY

Notaries public are legal professionals and public officers who work to ensure preventive legal security for you under the constitution and who are totally independent. He or she will advise you on the paperwork you require and ensure that it meets all legal requirements.

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PROTECT YOUR LAST WISHES

Decide where your estate will go, in keeping with your last wishes. This can be revoked by the grantor and will only come into effect upon the signer’s death.

If you wish, you can include the Fundación Pasqual Maragall in your will to extend your commitment to creating a future without Alzheimer’s for generations to come, without detriment to the legitimate inheritance of your heirs.

Fes que la teva voluntat perduri

For a future without Alzheimer’s disease

Your donation will be used for scientific research to beat the disease.