A Lasting Power of Attorney, LPA, allows someone (a ‘Donor’) to appointed a trusted person or family member (as ‘Attorney’) to deal with their affairs and carry out tasks on their behalf, in the event that they were unable to do so themselves.
Our experienced team understand that setting up an LPA may seem a daunting task; it is certainly not something that you do every day; giving away power over for example your money and decisions about your wellbeing and finances; but in a difficult situation, whether following an accident or illness, having no control can cause unnecessary anguish and stress for your family members. We can ensure that your LPA not only reflects your wishes but also meet the technical requirements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
LPAs generally cover two areas:
*An LPA for Health & Care
A health and care LPA covers decisions about personal care and welfare; including all decisions about medical treatment, hospital care and personal issues if you become mentally unable to make such decisions yourself.
*An LPA for Property and Financial Decisions
A property and financial decisions LPA covers the ongoing administration and management for property and financial matters; you can choose whether the LPA comes into effect as soon as it is registered with the Office of the Public Guardian, or only at such point at which you are unable to manage your own affairs.
With each, you can appoint multiple attorneys and substitutes, deciding if you wish them to act jointly or separately. In any event, it is important to choose someone who you can trust and who you can be sure will always act in your own best interests, given the power that an LPA confers.
If your wishes are complicated we can sit down with you and discuss your situation in more detail; after all these kinds of arrangements must create a situation that you intend and expect in the unfortunate event that you end up needing the support that an LPA can provide. A carefully thought-through LPA will assist the attorney to act in your best interests and reduce the possibility of family disagreements during what may be a stressful and difficult time for all involved.