Lasting Power of Attorney
In an uncertain world it’s reassuring to know that our wishes will be respected even if we’re not in a position to make our own decisions. That’s why many people choose to create a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) to provide protection should an accident or ill health prevent them from making decisions in the future.
An LPA is a legal document that allows another person to make decisions about your wellbeing and affairs on your behalf. Appointing an attorney before you actually need one gives you the peace of mind that your affairs will be managed how you want them to be. It’s not possible to create an LPA once you’re unable to make your own decisions so if you think you would like an LPA; it’s something that you should consider putting in place as soon as possible.
There are different types of LPA, depending on what areas of your life you would like an attorney to have authority to make decisions over. To be used, an LPA must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG).
We can help with all aspects of creating an LPA – from choosing an attorney and deciding what type of LPA is right for you to preparing the documents and dealing with its signature before correctly registering the documentation with the OPG.
Sometimes you may not agree with the decisions that an attorney is making on behalf of a relative or loved one and you may wish to challenge them. If this is the case, we can provide the help and support you need. We’ll let you know if you can challenge the power of attorney and will guide you through the process.
If you’d like to find out more about powers of attorney, contact one of our friendly, specialist solicitors on 01756 799000. With our free first advice promise, you can easily get answers to your most urgent questions from an experienced legal expert before deciding what action to take next