Lasting Powers of Attorney
What is a Lasting Power of Attorney
A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a powerful legal document which allows an individual, or the Donor, to appoint a person(s) or a trust corporation of their choice (an Attorney) to look after their affairs should they at a later stage, no longer wish to make decisions for themselves or lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs.
There Are Two Types of LPA
Property and Financial Affairs
A registered property and affairs LPA lets people you have chosen make decisions about, for example:
- Buying and selling your property
- Opening, closing, and operating bank/building society accounts in your name.
- claiming, receiving and using your benefits, pensions and allowances
Health and Welfare
A registered health and welfare LPA lets people you have chosen make decisions about, for example:
- Giving or refusing consent to particular types of heath care, including medical treatment decisions.
- You staying in your own home, perhaps with help and support from social services.
- You moving into residential housing and choosing the right care home for you.
- Day to day issues, like your diet, dress, or daily routine.
For more information on the importance of Power of Attorney please download our Complete Guide to Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)