Physical incapacity or mental incapacity can strike at any time so it is important have legal documentation in place to ensure that those you trust the most can step in and look after you.
Our experienced team can advise you on the options available and guide you through the legal processes.
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that enables you to appoint an Attorney or Attorneys to make decisions for you in the future if you become unable to make decisions for yourself.
There are two types of LPA, one for decisions concerning your Property and Financial Affairs and one for decisions concerning your Health and Welfare.
A Property and Financial Affairs LPA allows you to choose an Attorney or Attorneys to make decisions for you such as managing your investments, paying your bills, collecting your income and, if necessary, selling your home. This type of LPA can be particularly useful if you run your own business.
A Health and Welfare LPA allows you to choose an Attorney or Attorneys to make decisions such as where you live, the care you receive, who can visit you and your medical treatment. It can also direct whether an Attorney should be consulted over life sustaining treatment decisions. This type of document can only be used when the Donor has lost mental capacity.
Choosing the right Attorneys is very important. We can offer you advice on your legal rights and responsibilities, the safeguards that are in place for you and explain how the document will be used in practice.
We will act as the Certificate Provider for the document, a necessary step to confirm that you understand the implications of the document. We will arrange for your Attorneys to complete the document and answer any queries they may have about their role. Once the document has been completed by all parties, we will arrange for it to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.
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If you would like further information about making LPAs, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
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