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 (lasting power of attorney).

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

Complete Guide to Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) 

If you would like to find out more information on lasting powers of attorney and tips on how to make a lasting power of attorney, you are welcome to use our guidance documents that covers these and why a Power of Attorney is so important, by downloading our Complete Guide to Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

 

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