Lasting Powers of Attorney
Harrison Drury Solicitors have specialist expertise in dealing with Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) and we can properly advice you about these important documents.
Planning for what happens in our future can be full of uncertainty. We all like to be in control, but what happens if we lose the ability make decisions and to manage our affairs? Who would make decisions on our behalf?
An LPA is written when you are over the age of 18 and in full mental health and is kept safely until such time that it might be needed.
What is a lasting power of attorney?
An LPA is a legal document comleted by someone called “the Donor” who appoints one or more persons known as “the Attorney”. The Attorney will be able to make decisions on behalf of the Donor should you ever in the future lose the ability to make decisions for yourself. You can appoint a friend, relative or professional person to be your Attorney.
What are the benefits of an LPA?
- Allows you to choose the people who you want to make decisions on your behalf and how you want those people to make the decisions.
- A safe way of controlling decisions which will be made on your behalf after you have lost the capacity to deal with your own decisions making.
- Can be registered at the Court of Protection (COP) as soon as you have completed the forms, for added peace of mind.
- Provides you with protection from abuse.
- Makes the attorney accountable for their actions and the decisions they make.
- Avoids any need for an application to the COP or appointment of a Deputy.
There are two types of LPA. The first – Property and Financial Affairs – allows your attorney to make decisions on your behalf about matters such as paying bills, collecting income and benefits or selling our house. The power can be subject to restrictions or conditions.
The second – Health and Welfare – allows your attorney to make decisions on your behalf about your personal welfare including whether to give or reuse consent to medical treatment and about where you should live. It is possible to select both options and we can advise and discuss the benefits with you.
If you would like to discuss any of these issues with our specialist team please call 01772 258321