Lasting Powers of Attorney

Who will make my decisions if I am not able to?
Who will make my decisions if I am not able to?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document giving the person or people you trust, your attorneys, the authority to make decisions on your behalf if you become unable to make decisions for yourself.   This can occur with the on set of dementia or can also happen if you were to suffer a stroke or have an accident.  Other than a Will it is the most important document every adult should have. This is evident with the Ministry of Justice Choice not Chance campaign ~

To make an LPA you need to have the mental capacity to understand now, as later may be too late, forcing families to make a complicated application to the Court of Protection. This can be extremely slow and expensive potentially costing thousands of pounds.

There are two types:

Property & Financial Affairs

These are designed for you to appoint the people you trust to make a range of decisions including the operation of your bank and building society accounts, claim benefits on your behalf, arrange the buying and selling of your home and other assets,  deal with your tax affairs and just simply pay bills.

These can be used at your direction while mentally capable and also by your attorneys if you lack capacity to make these decisions.

Health & Welfare

Attorneys appointed under this document can make decisions relating to your living accommodation and care, consenting to or refusing medical treatment on your behalf, and day to day matters such as diet and dress. This can only be used if you have lost the capacity to make decisions for yourself.



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