A Lasting Power of Attorney ( or ‘LPA’ for short) is a very useful legal document which enables you to appoint individuals to act on your behalf if you should ever lose the capacity to make decisions for yourself in the future. Mental and Physical incapacity can hit at any time i.e. in the case of an accident, illnesses such as dementia, alzeimers, strokes and heart disease. A properly prepared and registered LPA would mean that in that unfortunate event, your Attorneys would have the power to make decisions for you without undue delay and without the stress and expense of going through a lengthy Court process. Please see our guidance on ‘Deputyship Orders’ for further explanation of what that might involve.

There are two types of LPA you can make. They are independent documents and therefore you can appoint different Attorneys for each if you wish:-

  1. Property and Financial Affairs can cover things such as:

–          buying and selling property

–          paying the mortgage

–          investing money

–          paying bills

–          arranging repairs to property

–          dealing with your pension provider

–          dealing with your utility bills

An LPA for financial decisions can be used while you still have mental capacity or you can state that you only want it to come into force if you lose capacity.

  1. Health and Welfare can cover things such as:

–          where you should live

–          your medical care

–          what you should eat

–          who you should have contact with

–          what kind of social activities you should take part in.

You can also give special permission for your attorney to make decisions about life-saving treatment. A Health and Welfare LPA would only come into effect if you lose capacity.

Making an LPA ensures your affairs whether they be financial or health would be dealt with by a person or people you know and trust. You can appoint up to five trusted individuals to act as attorneys to look after affairs if you were to lose capacity.

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