Powers of Attorney
You may want to give someone the power of attorney so that they can make decisions on your behalf if you ever become unable to do so yourself. You can appoint someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf through a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).
There are two types of LPAs:
- Property and Affairs LPA - you may want to have one in place as you get older to protect your finances should you ever become incapacitated;
- Health and Welfare LPA - you may want to have one to allow someone to make decisions on your behalf about your personal welfare, including whether to give or refuse consent to medical treatment on your behalf and deciding where you live.
Either type of LPA must be entered into whilst you have capacity. Our specialist team takes the time to understand your circumstances before helping you to decide on whether to sign an LPA. We will always advise and act in your best interests. We advise on the number and choice of attorney appropriate for your circumstances.
We can draw up lasting powers of attorney tailored to your needs. If, at some point, you lose mental capacity and you have not made a power of attorney, other people may need to apply to the Court of Protection to be able to make decisions on your behalf. This is costly and can be demanding and stressful for your relatives, friends and carers.
Roles of an attorney of a health and welfare Lasting Power of Attorney fact sheet
Information about the roles of an attorney under a health and welfare Lasting Power of Attorney. Read more
Roles of attorney of a property and affairs Lasting Power of Attorney fact sheet
Information about the roles of attorney of a property and affairs Lasting Power of Attorney. Read more
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