Lasting powers of attorney

Whatever your age or circumstances, in the event that you should suffer an unexpected event such as a serious illness or accident, it will be vital that you have in place a clear and realistic plan about what should happen to you, your estate and your loved ones.  In order to do that you’ll need to have in place a signed and registered Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and / or a Health and Welfare LPA.  We believe that every adult of any age should have at least a registered property and Financial Affairs LPA.

We can advise and assist you in respect of all aspects of preparing a lasting power of attorney (LPA) including the circumstances in which your attorneys may act and who you should appoint under an LPA. With considerable experience in this area, we’ll act with sensitivity and can also act as your “Certificate Provider” when your LPA is signed.

Why should you have a Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney?

If you become incapacitated without one, then it will be necessary for someone not chosen by you to apply to the Court of Protection for authority to look after your financial affairs. This can be expensive, time consuming and stressful at an already difficult time.  Having an LPA ensures that the right people are appointed to manage your finances and affairs.

Why should you have a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney?

If you become mentally incapacitated without one then in practice your next of kin would make decisions in relation to your health and welfare which may not be your wish. Having this type of LPA allows you to choose the right people to make potentially difficult decisions on your behalf such as whether to give you or refuse life sustaining treatment.

What is the difference between a Health and Welfare LPA and a Living Will?

Health and Welfare LPAs are broader in scope than Living Wills (or “Advanced Decisions”) which record your wishes regarding certain medical procedures but do not cover all health and welfare matters. We can however also advise and assist you in preparing a Living Will which you should consider discussing with a health professional such as your GP. 

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