What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
Having a Lasting Power of Attorney in place ensures that you are empowered as an individual to choose who will deal with your affairs in the event that you are unable to.
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney:
- health and welfare
- property and financial affairs
You can choose to make one type of Lasting Power of Attorney or both.
Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney
This allows you to choose one person or more to make decisions about things like:
- your daily routine (e.g. eating and what to wear)
- medical care
- moving into a care home
- refusing life-sustaining treatment
This Lasting Power of Attorney can only be used once someone is unable to make their own decisions.
Property & Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney
This lets you choose one person or more to make decisions about money and property for you, eg:
- paying bills
- collecting benefits
- selling your home
You can appoint someone to look after your property and financial affairs at any time.
Choosing Your Attorney
You can choose one person or more to make decisions on your behalf, as your ‘attorney’.
When choosing an attorney, think about:
- how well the person looks after their own affairs, e.g. their finances
- how well you know them
- if you trust them to make decisions in your best interests
- how happy they will be to make decisions for you
Who can be your attorney
Your attorney can be anyone 18 or over, e.g.:
- a relative
- a friend
- a professional (like a solicitor)
- your husband, wife or partner
Who can’t be your attorney
You can’t choose someone who:
- is under 18
- is unable to make decisions
- is currently bankrupt (if you want them to look after property or money)
Your Future, Your Choice
At Caunters we know that choosing to have an LPA put in place now, empowers you and ensures that no matter what the future holds your choices will be upheld.
The best advice, the best service, for less
£295+Vat & Registration
We understand how important this is for your protection so we have kept the cost to the absolute minimum. Our Lasting Power of Attorney costs just £250+Vat and Registration.
We can help with
- Deciding which LPA is appropriate for your needs
- Advising you on the legal implications of the documents
- Putting in place any appropriate restrictions