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Lasting Power of Attorney

HandsOur lasting power attorney cost start at just £197. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf. It can be used in the future should you not be able to make your own decisions. These decisions can be relating to property, finance or health and welfare.

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?

A Lasting Power of Attorney only becomes valid once it is registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.

A LPA is a legal document.  A LPA allows you to appoint an attorney to make decisions on your behalf.  This could be because you no longer have the mental capacity to do so or that you no longer wish to make these decisions yourself.

Click here to Watch a video about Power of Attorney on the BBC website

The above video link explains the problems families face where there is no LPA in place.  If the Office of the Public Guardian need to get involved this can be financially restricting for families.

What is lacking mental capacity?

Someone who lacks mental capacity cannot:

  • understand and retain information given to them long enough to be able to make a decision
  • weigh up information given to them to be able to make a decision
  • communicate their decision in any way (by talking, using sign language or even simply blinking an eye or squeezing a hand)

One or more of these mean that a person lacks mental capacity.

Whilst you have the mental capacity to do so, you may have a Lasting Power of Attorney drawn up.  Having a LPA puts you in control, until decisions need to be made on your behalf.

A Lasting Power of Attorney cannot be used by anyone until it has been registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.

Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney

This allows you to choose one or more people to make decisions on your behalf regarding your health and welfare.

The attorney(s) you appoint can only start making the decisions when:

  • You lack the mental capacity to make decisions
  • The LPA has been registered

You can give your attorney(s) the power to make decisions about any aspect of your health and welfare.  This could include making decsions regarding your medical treatment, health care or where you live.  You might also want to give your attorney(s) the power to make decisions regarding your daily welfare too, this could include dietary requirements or your daily routine.

A Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney does not allow your attorney(s) to make decisions about your property and financial affairs.

Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney

This allows you to choose one or more people to make decisions on your behalf regarding your property and financial affairs.
Once your LPA has been registered with the Office of the Public Guardian your attorney(s) can make decisions for you whilst you still have the capacity to do so, as well as when you lack mental capacity.  In some circumstances, it may be easier for your to allow your attorney(s) to deal with the financial affairs, this could be because:

  • You are not mobile
  • You struggle to hear whilst on the telephone

The decisions your attorney(s) could make for you could be regarding the sale of your property or paying your bills.

generations-1542743A Property and Financial Lasting Power of Attorney does not allow your attorney(s) to make decisions about your health and welfare.

Making a Lasting Power of Attorney

Anyone who wishes to make a LPA must have the mental capacity to do so when it is made.

You must fill in a LPA form and this must be registered by the Office of the Public Guardian.

By speaking to one of our expert Will Writers today you could protect your family for the future.

 

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