Lasting Power of Attorney Services

What is a Lasting Power Of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) specifically deals with the appointment of one or more people to manage your affairs if you are unable to do so. If you lose capacity either through an accident or illness such as a stroke or dementia, someone needs to act on your behalf to carry out your personal and financial affairs. If you lose the legal capacity to make decisions for yourself, your bank accounts are frozen (even if it is a joint account)* until someone can be appointed to make decisions for you. This inevitably can cause a lot of distress for friends and family as bills cannot be paid and pensions or benefits cannot be accessed.

The LPA system is administered by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), an agency of the Ministry of Justice of the United Kingdom. The OPG was set up in 2007 under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, replacing the similarly-named Public Guardianship Office which had a more limited range of responsibilities.

It is headed by the Public Guardian, whose main role is the protection of people who are vulnerable or may lack mental capacity.The Mental Health Act 2005 provides a statutory framework to empower and protect vulnerable people who are not able to make their own decisions. It makes clear who can take decisions on their behalf, in which situations, and how they should do so. Through the LPA, the Act enables people to plan ahead for a time when they may lose capacity

Different types of Lasting Power of Attorney

When thinking about setting up a Power of Attorney, you can set up a Health and Welfare or an Property and Affairs. We recommend creating both below explains what is covered by each type.

Property & Affairs can cover:

  • How your finances and property are managed.
  • How your bills would be paid if you were unable to do this i.e. physically incapacitated or out of the country for long periods of time.
  • How your assets would be dealt with i.e. selling your house to move to residential care.

 Health and Welfare can cover:

  • To make end of life decisions.
  • Giving or refusing consent to particular types of health care, including medical treatment decisions.
  • Deciding whether you continue to live in your own home or whether residential care would be more appropriate for you. Gives rights to your appointment Attorneys to deal with dress, diet and care home choices.

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I was very impressed by the sensitive way you handled the situation, being both extremely patient and understanding. The situation was not easy and how we needed to coordinate ourselves. I was also impressed by your efforts to meet us twice in one day. I would not hesitate to recommend you to family and friends. I hope to procure your services to update our respective Wills.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a solicitor to set up Power of Attorney?

You can fill out the forms alone, but the professional advice of a solicitor will help to prevent problems further down the line.

How much will setting up Power of Attorney cost me?

Usually, there is a fee of £82 to register your LPA with the Office of the Public Guardian. Discounts of 50% are available to those on low income and individuals who receive certain benefits may be eligible to pay nothing at all. If you choose to use a solicitor, fees will vary.

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When can an attorney begin to act on someone’s behalf?

The LPA must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before the attorney can act on someone’s behalf. The registration process usually takes about 9 weeks, and you need to register whilst you still have mental capacity. If the forms have been signed but the individual loses mental capacity within the 9-week registration period, the attorney can register it on their behalf, as long as they had mental capacity at the time of signing.

Can Power of Attorney be changed once it is set up?

Yes, as long as you still have Legal Mental Capacity to do so. A doctor’s evaluation is essential before making any changes to your Power of Attorney. Once this is completed you need to draft a new Power of Attorney with the representation of an attorney and ensure to clearly state that all previous documents are being revoked, to avoid them being contested later.

Can power of attorney be revoked?

You can revoke Power of Attorney by filling out a Deed of Revocation as long as you can provide evidence to show that you still have Legal Mental Capacity. This form needs to be signed by you and a witness.

How do I know which type of Power of Attorney I need?

There are different types of power of attorney to choose from depending on your current situation.

  • Ordinary Power of Attorney – this can be used while you still have mental capacity to cover a temporary period of absence. This could be a hospital stay or holiday, during which time your attorney can act on your behalf.
  • Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) – this can be used for when you lose mental capacity or no longer want to make decisions for yourself. Your attorney will make decisions about your health, care and financial affairs.
  • Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) – EPA was replaced by LPA in October 2007. Any EPAs mad before this date will still be valid, however. Your attorney will make decisions about your property and financial affairs.

Setup a Lasting Power of Attorney

Prepare for the future with the appointment of one or more people to manage your affairs if you are unable to do so.

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