Lasting Power of Attorney
A lasting power of attorney is a legal document, which allows you to appoint someone that you trust as your ‘attorney’ to make decisions on your behalf.
Under a power of attorney the attorney that you appoint will be able to make decisions for you when you no longer wish to or when you are having difficulties making decisions.
A lasting power of attorney can help you plan how matters relating to your health, well-being and financial affairs will be dealt with. It can be used to help you plan the decisions you want to be made on your behalf if you lose the capacity to make them yourself, the people you want to make these decisions and how you want them to be made.
Having a lasting power of attorney is a safe way of maintaining control over decisions made for you because whomever you choose as your attorney is required to confirm they understand the significance and purpose of being an attorney. In addition your attorneys are required to follow the Code of Practice of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and a lasting power of attorney must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used.
Our specialist team have a wealth of experience drafting and registering powers of attorney, in addition they also have experience acting as attorney. They can advise you on all aspects of powers of attorney, guiding you through the drafting and registration process and ensuring your interests are protected at all times.
Here’s a short video explaining the benefits of getting specialist advice when getting a LPA.