Lasting Power of Attorney
In October 2007 the LPA replaced the former enduring power of attorney (EPA) which were narrower in scope. Their purpose is to meet the needs of those who can see a time when they will not be able to look after their own personal, financial or business affairs.
The LPA allows you to make appropriate arrangements for family members or trusted friends to be authorised to make decisions on your behalf. This gives you more control over what happens to you if you have an accident or an illness and become unable to make those decisions yourself. Once created the LPA is registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice of the United Kingdom.
There are two types of LPA:
- health and welfare
- property and financial affairs
You can choose to make one type or both. You must be 18 or over and have mental capacity (the ability to make your own decisions) when you make your LPA. You don’t need to live in the UK or be a British citizen however, the LPA is used to deal with your affairs in England and Wales.
Health and welfare lasting power of attorney
Use this LPA to give an attorney the power to make decisions about things like:
- your daily routine, for example washing, dressing, eating
- medical care
- moving into a care home
- life-sustaining treatment
It can only be used when you are unable to make your own decisions.
Property and financial affairs lasting power of attorney
Use this LPA to give an attorney the power to make decisions about money and property for you, for example:
- managing a bank or building society account
- paying bills
- collecting benefits or a pension
- selling your home
It can be used as soon as it’s registered, with your permission.
Please contact us if you would like any further information or to make an appointment on 01279 758760 or by email