Why is planning for the future important?
It is crucial to consider what you would want to happen if you are unable to make decisions for yourself.
Planning ahead and communicating your wishes early gives you a better chance of maintaining a good quality of life. It also means there will be someone who can act immediately to protect you and your estate if the worst should happen.
We are experts in preparing and registering Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and can guide you through the entire process.
Our service includes:
- Discussing your wishes for the future, including who would be best placed to act as your attorneys, how and when they should be permitted to make decisions on your behalf and preparing suitably drafted LPAs.
- Advising on or assisting you with the signing of your LPAs.
- Where requested, acting in our professional capacity as your certificate provider.
- Registering your LPAs with the Office of the Public Guardian.
If you are unhappy with your existing LPAs, we can also help you revoke the powers you have granted.
For further information about LPAs, acting as an attorney and the loss of mental capacity, take a look at our blog.
Lasting Powers Of Attorney - Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?An LPA is a legal document that allows you to appoint individuals you trust, known as attorneys, to make decisions on your behalf. Naming an attorney means that if you become ill or are involved in an accident and lose mental capacity, you know exactly who will be making decisions for you. Back to Index
What types of decision can be made under a Lasting Power of Attorney?There are two types of LPA:
- The Property and Financial Affairs LPA
- The Health and Welfare LPA
Why should I make a Lasting Power of Attorney?
Without a Property and Financial Affairs LPA, your loved ones will have to make an application to the Court of Protection to be granted the authority to manage your financial affairs (this is called a “deputyship order”). In the interim, the bank will freeze your accounts and potentially leave your affairs in limbo.
A deputyship application is time-consuming and more expensive than preparing an LPA. The Court also places ongoing obligations on those appointed; for example, deputies must submit a report every year enclosing financial accounts and details of decisions made on your behalf.
If you lose mental capacity without a Health and Welfare LPA, decisions about your health will be made by the medical professionals involved in your case or the local authority. While it is usually the case that these authorities act respectfully and consult your family, there are instances where the medical professionals and family members disagree.Back to Index
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Still Looking For More Information?
If you need more information whether a setting up Lasting Powers of Attorney is right for you, then why not read some of our related Lasting Powers of Attorney blog posts for additional helpful insights.