Lasting Power of Attorney 2017-05-19T16:12:58+00:00

Make your wishes known

and make sure they’re fulfilled

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney

One looks after your Property and Finances the other your Health and Well-being

Both are legal documents that allow someone who YOU trust (as opposed to someone a court decides) to look after you the way you would like to be looked after

 

Power of attorney

It’s not just for old people

Most people think a Lasting Power of Attorney is for really old people but that’s not true. If you like adventurous pursuits, drive a car, have a family history of dementia or just want to make sure that you are looked after the way YOU want to be looked after then an LPA is for you. As long as you’re 18 and have mental capacity you can have one.

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As well as YOU needing an LPA, what about the person you care for?

 If the person you care for has capacity – they can decide who looks after them should they lose capacity.  This is really important because there may be a time when you might not be able to care for them any more and they need to be able to choose the right person.

If the person you care for does not have capacity – then you need to apply for a deputyship.

Power of Attorney Health and wellbeing

Deputyships

All is not lost if your cared for person no longer has capacity, you need a Deputyship!

The downside to a Deputyship is that it is a lot more expensive, takes around 28 weeks and probably more, has ongoing costs and unknown persons making your personal decisions.

Lasting Power of Attorney Property & finances

Some of the things you can do on behalf of your cared for person with an LPA for Property & Financial Affairs

  • Buying or selling property
  • Opening, closing and operating bank accounts
  • Receiving income, inheritance or other benefits on behalf of the cared for person
  • Dealing with the cared for persons tax affairs
  • Paying the mortgage, rent and household expenses
  • Insuring, maintaining and repairing the cared for persons property
  • Investing savings
  • Making limited gifts on behalf of the cared for person
  • Paying for private medical care, residential care or nursing home fees
Power of Attorney health and wellbeing

Some of the things you can do on behalf of your cared for person with an LPA for Health and Welfare

  • Treatment and welfare care
  • Deciding whether they should have a hip replacement
  • Where to live and with whom
  • Who may visit and who are excluded
  • What they want to buy, wear or where to shop
  • Holidays, outings or other experiences
  • Running the house, choosing the wallpaper and settee
  • Deciding about terminal illness treatment and care
  • Considering where they may like to die and funeral arrangements

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Without an LPA

There’s not much you can do to help the cared for person when they need you most.  Anything of significance will have to be decided by a court and/or the medical profession without any input from any one who truly knows what that person wants.