A Lasting Powers of Attorney – or ‘LPA’ – is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more individuals to make decisions for you on your behalf. This may be if you become mentally incapacitated, or if you no longer wanted to make certain decisions yourself.
There may come a time when you are unable to manage your own affairs effectively or understand what is best for your own personal welfare.
The individual making an LPA is known as the ‘donor’, and the individuals who you appoint are known as your ‘attorneys’. You can choose anyone you wish to be your attorney as long as they are over the age of 18. You could choose, for instance, your spouse, your partner, a family member, or a friend.
You should, of course, ensure that you choose a trusted individual as your attorney will be given the power to make important decisions for you. As Watford Lasting Powers of Attorney experts, we can ensure that your LPA is correct and covers everything that you will need.
There are 2 types of LPA:
Under this type of LPA, the attorney is given power to make decisions about your healthcare such as giving consent to your medical treatment; your personal day-to-day affairs such as washing, dressing and eating; and matters involving your residential care or moving into a care home.
Under this type of LPA, the attorney is given power to make decisions about matters such as paying bills; paying mortgage or rental payments; managing your bank or building society account; claiming, receiving and using your pensions, benefits, and allowances; managing, buying or selling investments; and buying or selling property or other assets.
Once your LPA has been prepared, then certain legal formalities will need to be complied with, including signing of the LPA, witnessing of signatures, certification. Once this has all be done, then the LPA will need to be registered at the Office of the Public Guardian.
Valens Solicitors are able to provide general advice about making an LPA, and guide you through the preparation of the LPA ensuring that all legal formalities are complied with. We can also provide you with advice relating to preparing or updating a Will as it can be useful to deal with this at the same time as having an LPA prepared.
To take advantage of our extensive legal expertise, please get in touch with our Lasting Powers of Attorney solicitors today on 020 3368 3970 or click below to book a free, no-obligation consultation.
Our solicitors and legal team will ensure that all legal formalities are complied with, including dealing with signing, certification, and registration of the Lasting Power of Attorney or ‘LPA’ as more commonly known at the Office of the Public Guardian. Should you require, we can also provide you with legal advice relating to your Will (whether reviewing an existing Will or preparing a new one), Trusts, and Probate matters.
Our Power of Attorney solicitors can help you to ensure that an LPA satisfying your requirements is carefully prepared, signed, and registered, so that your chosen attorney (or attorneys) is/are properly appointed.
We recognise that all our clients are unique, and that they have varying requirements and objectives. We focus on our clients and if you instruct us, we will be on your side. We will work with you when you have challenges and help you overcome them in an efficient and cost effective manner.
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An LPA can be revoked if it appears that the Donor did not have adequate mental capacity when making it. This is usually accompanied by an application to appoint the Applicant as a Statutory Deputy to manage the Donor’s affairs. As Power of Attorney solicitors in Watford, we can ensure that your LPA is completed correctly and legally.
If you ever reach the point at which you no longer have the mental capacity to make certain decisions, there may be no-one else to legally act on your behalf. This could give rise to considerable problems, including relating to your ongoing care and welfare, and could mean that the choices that you would have wanted to be made regarding care and finances may not be made or adhered to. Your family would be required to apply to the Court of Protection to appoint a Deputy, which can be a costly and lengthy process, and would be out of your control. This may result in delay in the making of important decisions regarding your welfare.
The only requirements you need to make a LPA are as follows:
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