Lasting Powers of Attorney
We can never know what the future will hold and Lasting Powers of Attorney can help you prepare for the worst.
A Lasting Power of Attorney (often referred to as a LPA) is a legal document that allows you to appoint people you trust to act on your behalf as your Attorney should you no longer be capable of making decisions for yourself.
There are now two forms of Lasting Power of Attorney – one for your finances and property and the other for your health and welfare decisions. You can either have one or both forms.
The Lasting Power of Attorney has replaced the previous Enduring Power of Attorney. If you made an Enduring Power of Attorney, it cannot now be altered or a new one made, but it is still valid. However, if you wish you can make a Lasting Power of Attorney for health and welfare to supplement your existing Enduring Power of Attorney so your Attorney can make welfare decisions for you.
Once the Lasting Power of Attorney is registered with the Office of the Public Guardian, your Attorney are able to assist you and make decisions on your behalf, such as paying your bills and dealing with your income. The Property and Financial Affairs form can be used as soon as it has been registered, but your Attorneys can only make decisions under your Health and Welfare form once you cannot make decisions on your welfare yourself.
If you do not have or make a Lasting Power of Attorney and become mentally incapable of managing your affairs, then it may be necessary for a relative to apply to the Court of Protection for the power to manage your affairs on your behalf. Applying to the Court of Protection can be expensive and time consuming at a time of considerable worry and strain and it is often better to have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place just in case anything should happen as no one knows what the future will hold.
Our Katrina Nicholls can assist you to prepare a Lasting Powers of Attorney whilst you are still capable. If you would like to discuss Lasting Powers of Attorney and what they entail with Katrina please contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01872 278641.
Whilst most of our appointments take place in our offices, if you are unable to come in to see us, we can visit clients in hospital, in a residential home or at home if requested.
Authorised and Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, number 72729
Partners - M. Paul Granville LL.B and Katrina M. Nicholls
78 Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2PZ Tel: 01872 278641