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Lasting Powers of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a Legal document where you grant the power to act on your behalf to somebody of your choosing. This power can be given to a trusted person, or persons, you have nominated. They are known as an Attorney or Attorneys.

There are two types of LPA; Property and Financial Affairs or Health and Welfare. Each can either be created independently or you may wish to have both.

Property and Financial Affairs LPA

A Property and Financial Affairs LPA allows your chosen attorney to deal with any financial aspects of your estate, from signing documents at your bank to completing the sale of property, and so you must think carefully about who this power is given to.

Health and Welfare LPA

A Health and Welfare LPA allows your chosen attorney to make decisions over any treatment you may have in the future should you lose capacity. Again there is no limitation on the scope of these decisions and your attorney can make any decision you could make yourself were you to have capacity.

What is mental capacity?

Mental capacity is assessed by 4 factors:
• A person’s ability to understand information relevant to a decision.
• Their ability to retain that information.
• Whether they can assess this information as part of the decision-making process.
• Are they able to communicate their decision in any way.

Why should I make an LPA?

A Property and Financial Affairs LPA can be used straightaway, and while you have full mental capacity, in case you are abroad or in hospital for a prolonged period of time.

Your nominated attorneys, at your request, can sign on your behalf at your bank/building society to pay your bills and otherwise deal with your financial affairs. At any time you can simply take full charge again.

A Health and Welfare LPA allows your family to make important decisions about your care, and hospital treatment you may have, should you not be able to make these decisions yourself. This can involve any decision you may normally encounter from decisions on courses of treatment to emergency care.

The reality of life is that our health can sometimes be uncertain and events can happen unexpectedly and a Health and Welfare LPA is extremely valuable to your family should your health deteriorate and you are unable to make these decisions yourself.

Losing your mental capacity is when an LPA is really important and helpful for your family as you will probably no longer be able to deal with your affairs. Using an LPA your attorneys will then be able to act for you for the rest of your life.

Without an LPA in place your loved ones may have to make an application to the Court of Protection in order to administer your affairs, which can be expensive.

What are the fees for a Lasting Power of Attorney?

We offer a fixed fee for creation of a LPA of £350 + VAT per LPA

An LPA also needs to be registered at the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used. There is a fee payable for this of £110 per LPA. (This can be subject to change. Correct as of November 2014).