What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
SANDY KAUR >
SolicitorThu 12 September 2019
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which allows you (the donor) to appoint someone you trust (the attorney) to act on your behalf if you become physically or mentally unwell through an illness or old age.
There are two types of LPA:
- Financial Decisions LPA
Allows the attorney(s) to act in relation to money and property, including paying bills, managing investments and/or bank accounts, collecting benefits or selling property.
- Health and Care Decisions LPA
Allows attorney(s) to assist you in making decisions, and ultimately, allows them to make decisions on your behalf if you have lost mental capacity. This could involve arranging additional support from Social Services, day to day living requirements and medical treatment, or even choosing a suitable care home.
You can also give express permissions in your LPA allowing your attorney(s) to make decisions on your behalf relating to life-sustaining treatment.
If you do not have an LPA in place and you become unable to manage your own affairs, your loved ones may need to make an application to the Court of Protection to manage your affairs for you.
If you would like to know more about LPAs, feel free to contact me on Sandy Kaur.
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