Lasting Power of Attorney
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which allows you to appoint one or more people (known as 'Attorneys') to help you make decisions, or to make decisions on your behalf when you lack the mental capacity to make the decisions yourself.
There are two kinds of LPA: one which relates to Health and Welfare decisions such as where you live and the treatment you receive, and one relating to Property and Financial Affairs - such as collecting your investments, income and pension, dealing with your bank accounts and paying bills. You can complete just one or both LPAs.
An LPA must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used. Once registered, and subject to any restrictions you may impose, your Attorney is able to act on your behalf in making decisions about your Property and Affairs, even when the Donor has capacity. Health and Welfare decisions can only be made when the Donor lacks the capacity to make them.
Our Team can guide you through the completion of the LPA and the registration process. Once registered, your LPA can be stored safely in our strongroom until it is required.
If you would like to know more about Lasting Powers of Attorney, please contact our Wills and Probate Team on 01279 755777.