LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (or LPA) is a document that outlines the decisions you would like your nominated Attorney/s to make on your behalf, if you were to lose mental capacity in the future.

There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney:

  • Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney: This allows appointed Attorneys to make decisions about your personal welfare such as where you live.
  • Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney: This allows appointed Attorneys to make decisions about how your property and money is managed.

You can only make a Lasting Power of Attorney whilst you have mental capacity.  If you lack mental capacity and do not have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place, then a friend or relative can apply to the Court of Protection to become a deputy to make decisions on your behalf. However, drawing up a Lasting Power of Attorney is a much faster, less stressful and cheaper process than applying to become a deputy.

Making a Lasting Power of Attorney

There are a number of steps to create a valid Lasting Power of Attorney. We can help you through this process and ensure you draw up a Lasting Power of Attorney document that accurately reflects your wishes.

This includes:

  • Helping you choose the right Attorney(s) for you.
  • Drafting and completing the Lasting Power of Attorneys including any bespoke clauses to reflect your personal wishes.
  • Acting as a certificate provider certifying that you have understood what your Lasting Power of Attorney entails.
  • Registering your Lasting power of Attorney with the Office of the Public Guardian.

For advice about making a Lasting Power of Attorney and how we can best help you, call us now on 01603 957599. Your initial consultation is free of charge.

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