This is often a difficult time for families. Most aged care facilities will require Mum to have a power of attorney and appointment of guardian in place. However, this can be a critical time to have Mum consider all her future planning needs. It is our experience that taking time to consider options saves regret later. It may be important, for example, to consider how funds will be released to pay for aged care and legal advice on the sale or disposal of assets may be important. Mum may need a new Will as well as appointing an attorney and guardian. Important issues may arise such as whether Mum has mental capacity to instruct a solicitor and this needs careful assessment.