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You can create two types of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA):
Property & Financial Affairs LPA
This allows you to choose someone who will ensure that all your property and financial affairs will be looked after. For example, operate your bank account, pay your bills, sort out your tax and decide what to do with your home. You can however impose restrictions: eg, preventing them from selling a second home, which you had left to a relative in a Will.
Health & Welfare LPA
This allows you to choose someone to make decisions about your healthcare and welfare. This includes decisions to refuse or consent to treatment on your behalf or what medical treatment you are given; deciding where you live, what you eat and drink and even what you wear.
For an information pack on Lasting Power of Attorney please either call us on: 01206 820638 or simply fill in your details here
Who can and should make an LPA?
Anyone aged 18 or over with the mental capacity can make a Lasting Power of Attorney appointing one or more attorneys to make decisions on their behalf.
In our experience usually we say the best time to make a Lasting Power of Attorney is when you are still working and are young enough to benefit from the security it can offer your family and friends.
However there are many other circumstances when we have found having a LPA in your younger years is advisable in additional to your Will:
Recently Dom Littlewood met One Show viewer Heather who had to battle to control the family finances after an accident left her husband in a coma for three years.
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How many people should you appoint
You may not be able to check up on your appointed attorney yourself if you become incapable, so it may be a good idea to appoint more than one person to help prevent abuse of the responsibility. Choose people you can trust to act in your best interests. Consider how well they look after their own financial affairs and whether you can trust them to use your money to meet your needs. Please note if you do not have suitable attorneys we are able to appoint professionals who will undertake this important responsibility for you.
It's a long, exasperating and expensive procedure to have the Court of Protection rule on who can deal with your affairs if you lose capacity. Most people want them to be handled by a spouse, partner or children (who are invariably still around). These are people who can take care of you, and of course they have your best interests at heart.
You can avoid having the Court of Protection imposing these decisions on you by signing a Lasting Power of Attorney whilst you still have the mental capacity to do so.
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