If you’re worried about losing the ability to manage your own affairs in the future, you may want to consider making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).
Patrice Lawrence has been outstanding. She was nothing less than excellent from the moment we first spoke on the phone. In fact, I decided to hire her within a minute of speaking to her.
A Lasting Power of Attorney means you appoint someone else to make decisions on your behalf if you lose mental capacity. These could be decisions about:
- How to manage your finances
- What happens to your business, if you’re a business owner
- Your health and welfare
- The type of medical care and treatment you receive
- What happens if you have to move into a care home.
Making a Power of Attorney gives both you and your family peace of mind for the future. They’ll know what you want if anything happens to you, and you’ll know your wishes will be respected.
There are two types of LPA:
You can make an LPA which gives your attorney/s authority in relation to your property and financial affairs. You can also make an LPA which gives your attorney/s authority in relation to your health and care decisions (although this type of LPA can only be used if you lack capacity).
Our team can advise and assist you with completing and submitting the LPA forms with the Office of the Public Guardian.
If you require our advice or assistance with regard to creating an LPA, please contact our team by emailing email@example.com or calling us on 020 3440 8000.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an LPA?
An LPA is a document which you can make while you have capacity appointing people you trust to manage your affairs in the event that you are no longer able or willing to manage them yourself.
Who can apply to make an LPA?
Anyone who is over 18 and has capacity to make decisions for themselves.
How is capacity assessed?
If we have any concerns about capacity we will advise that a medical capacity assessment is undertaken by the person who would like to make the LPA.