Lasting powers of attorney (LPA) exist to allow for a nominated representative, or attorney, to make decisions on your behalf should you suffer from illness or other conditions that affect mental capacity.
LPA’s came into effect in 2007, and replaced the previous Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA).
LPA’s are more sophisticated than their predecessor. They allow for increased flexibility, for example to create a Property and Affairs LPA or a Welfare LPA, or both. If you already have an EPA in place these documents will remain valid, but for any new requirements, an LPA must be created.
Making an LPA is an important decision, and one which should only be undertaken having taken proper legal advice. Your attorney(s) must be known to you and a person that you trust completely as he or she will potentially have the authority to make decisions relating to your finances or healthcare on your behalf.
Our knowledgeable and compassionate team are used to working with individuals and families to help put the right documents in place to ensure your long term finances and healthcare arrangements are taken care of. We advise on all stages of the process, including ensuring that LPA’s are registered with the Office of the Public Guardian, which is required regardless of whether or not the donor has the capacity to deal with their own affairs.
A number of our team are members of Solicitors for the Elderly, which is a national organisation dedicated to providing comprehensive and independent advice for the older people, their families and their carers.
For further information, or to discuss the creation of an LPA, please contact our dedicated team as detailed below, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.