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.

What my clients say

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.

Michael Taylor

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.