Lasting Powers of Attorney

Lasting Powers of Attorney will protect you in the event that something happens in the future to prevent you from being able to manage your financial affairs and/or make decisions about your health or welfare. Whether it’s old age, illness, or an accident that leads you to becoming mentally and/or physically incapacitated, you need to trust that someone is looking out for you and taking care of your affairs. That person you nominate is known as your ‘attorney’.

 

The law does not allow such arrangements to be made after you lose the mental capacity to make these decisions. Therefore it is essential that these documents are prepared while you are fit and healthy, so that your family aren’t left picking up the pieces.

 

There are two types of LPA that can be prepared:

 

  1. The Property/Financial LPA is used for running your bank accounts, making/selling investments, paying your bills and buying/selling property, when you no longer have the mental capacity to act for yourself.

 

  1. The Health/Welfare LPA is used for making decisions about the type of healthcare and medical treatment you receive (including life sustaining treatment), where you live and other day-to-day matters such as your diet or daily routine, when you are no longer able to make these decisions for yourself.

 

Strong Wills can help you with both types of LPA and ensure that the entire process runs smoothly from start to finish. Once we have prepared your LPA and it has been signed, we send it off to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) to be registered before it can be used. 

 

If you want to find out more about Lasting Powers of Attorney, please get in touch via the online form or by emailing info@strongwills.co.uk to make an enquiry or arrange an appointment.

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