What is a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?
An LPA allows a donor to appoint one or more persons to act on their behalf if they are unable to deal with their own affairs (not just for the elderly or infirm!). This may be the case in the following situations:
1. The donor is away, does not have the time to deal with matter or not able to get about.
2. The donor involved in an accident or suffers an illness which results in them being in hospital for a prolonged period.
3. The donor loses mental capacity.
Many of us are concerned about ensuring that our affairs are looked after properly by someone we know and trust, and it is important that the appropriate person is properly appointed in good time.
Whatever happens, don’t just assume that your next of kin will have authority!
Where these arrangements have not been possible in time, Deputyship under the Office of the Public Guardian is the appropriate alternative but it involves a more detailed and costly procedure.
We can guide you through the detailed process of creating a Lasting Power of Attorney and prepare the required documentation. This includes the ability to make specific conditions that your attorney(s) must follow as well as leaving guidance notes for your attorneys.
Unlike Enduring Power of Attorneys which were too general in nature, there are two different Lasting Power of Attorneys for Health & Welfare and for Property & Financial Affairs.
If you are not able to come into the office we would also be happy to visit you at home
Please feel free to contact Steven Hickling for further information.
Your initial half hour consultation is free of charge.