Lasting Power of Attorney
What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal tool that allows you to state who you would like to make decisions on your behalf, should you become unable to do so in the future. It lets you choose a person (or people) you trust to act for you and this person is referred to as your attorney.
It may be hard to imagine being unable to make a decision about your finances or healthcare, but no one can be certain what will happen in the future. A LPA can give you peace of mind that the people you wish to make decisions on your behalf will have the power to do so.
There are two different types of LPA: property and financial affairs LPA, and health and welfare LPA. Each type covers different decisions and there are separate application forms for each. You can choose to make both types, or just one. You can have the same attorney for both, or you can have different attorneys.
Other decisions that you can make in advance include deciding if you would like to make an advance statement or advance decision about your future care. Making an advance decision or advance statement now can allow you to make decisions in case there comes a time in the future when you cannot. For example, you may decide now that you wish to refuse certain treatment, or make decisions about other care choices.
We can help you make the decisions that are right for you. Contact us on the form on the right or phone us on 0114 249 6926.