Knowing you'll be looked after
Sadly many of us may reach a point when we are no longer mentally capable of looking after our affairs. As well as dementia, injury or illness may affect our ability to look after our welfare or finances.
A Lasting power of attorney (LPA) ensures that, should you lose mental capacity, your affairs are handled the way you'd like them to be.
A LPA is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more people (known as 'attorneys') to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf.
There are two types of lasting power of attorney:
- Property and financial affairs
- Health and welfare
You can choose to make one type or both.
Protecting your interests
You can appoint up to 5 people you trust as 'attorneys' to look after your affairs. Attorneys are bound by law to protect your interests, using your assets for your benefit alone. They must always act in your best interests and follow any instructions you give them about making decisions.
LPAs should normally be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before they become effective.
After signing a lasting power of attorney, you still have absolute control of the decisions that affect you and your life until the document is registered.
Court of Protection applications
The Court of Protection is responsible for making decisions on financial or welfare matters for people who can't make decisions at the time they need to be made (they 'lack mental capacity'). If a person lacks capacity and does not have an LPA in place we can help by applying to appoint a deputy at the Court of Protection.
How we can help
If you would like to draw up an LPA or discuss how they work in more detail we can help. We're happy to:
- meet with you to explain how LPAs work
- discuss your plans and complete the paperwork
- help you and your attorneys with registration
- help you and your attorneys set up procedures for taking over your affairs
Lasting power of attorney fee: £350
Please contact us for more information or to make a lasting power of attorney.