Lasting Powers of Attorney

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What is Lasting Powers of Attorney?

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) are legal documents in the United Kingdom that grant individuals the authority to make decisions on behalf of someone who may become unable to make decisions for themselves due to mental or physical incapacity. There are two main types of LPAs:

Property and Financial Affairs LPA

This type allows the appointed attorney to manage the person's financial and property-related matters, including banking, investments, and property transactions.

Health and Welfare LPA

This type grants the attorney the authority to make decisions about the individual's healthcare, medical treatment, and overall well-being, including choices about life-sustaining treatment and living arrangements.

Creating an LPA allows individuals to choose someone they trust to make these critical decisions when they are no longer able to do so themselves, ensuring their wishes are upheld and their best interests are protected. LPAs must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian in England & Wales to be legally valid.

We will help you with all the advice you need when thinking about making these important documents, we draft the documents and ensure that they are completed in the correct manner and then follow them through the registration process with the Office of the Public Guardian, as this can be quite onerous.

Who are Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) for?

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are for everyone, regardless of age or health. It’s not just for old age; accidents, illnesses like strokes or cancer, or other medical conditions can suddenly affect our capacity to make decisions. Setting up LPAs while you still have capacity is crucial. It ensures that my loved ones can access my finances and speak with health professionals if you become incapacitated or ill, preventing complications and delays.

We say that everyone over the age of 18 out to set up their LPAs.

What are the benefits of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs)?

Control and choice

You are in control of who acts on your behalf, making sure your trusted individuals are making decisions for you.

Time access

LPAs ensure timely access to finances and healthcare decisions, avoiding delays and stress for your loved ones.

Cost efficient

Setting up LPAs is cost-effective compared to the complex and costly process of deputyship, which can take up to 9 months.

Two types

There are two types of LPAs: Property & Financial Lasting Power of Attorney and Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney, covering various aspects of your life.

How much does Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) cost?

The cost of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) can vary depending on your specific needs. To find out more about the fees, please get in touch. Setting up LPAs is an essential step in protecting your best interests and ensuring your loved ones can continue to care for you and manage your affairs should the need arise.

With Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) in place, you can avoid delays, protect your assets, and have peace of mind knowing that your wishes will be carried out.

The alternative to an LPA is a Deputyship Order. This is made once the Donor has lost capacity. They are lengthy documents, very expensive, take much longer than an LPA to be registered and have on going yearly costs.

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