LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY

WHAT IS A LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a person of your choice that you would like to appoint to manage your affairs, when/if you were to lose mental capacity. Losing mental capacity is often related to either Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia, however losing capacity can also be caused by a serious accident.

You would need to appoint your Power of Attorney before you lose mental capacity. It is important to consider this as you get older, as if you do not appoint an attorney, it can cause problems with your family and loved ones.

There are two different types of Lasting Power of Attorney:

  • Property & Financial Affairs
  • Health & Welfare

Property and Financial Affairs LPA will cover things such as paying your mortgage, your bills and overall managing your money. You can use a property and financial LPA whilst you still have capacity, if you wish to have extra assistance with your assets, or you can have them come into force when you lose capacity.

Health & Welfare LPA will cover things such as where you should live, medical care you receive, etc. A health and welfare LPA will only come into force after you have lost capacity.

It is important to remember that close family, or a married partner do not automatically get appointed as your Power of Attorney. If you do not appoint anyone to be your attorney, then a court will appoint a deputy to make decisions for you. A family member can apply for this position, however.

FURTHER INFORMATION

We’ve been helping people with their wills for over 15 years. Covering areas such as Runcorn, Liverpool, Warrington, Frodsham, and Chester. Get in touch today and see how we can help you. We have a specialist team of professionals who are happy to answer any questions you may have. You can find our details on the Contact Us page.

Our team are members of Society of Will Writers and are SWWEPP Qualified, and we offer one-to-one appointments either face-to-face or over the phone/zoom.