What is a lasting power of attorney (LPA)?
It’s a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint people (known as ‘attorneys’) to make decisions on your behalf. It could be used if you became unable to make your own decisions. There are two types of LPA: health and welfare; and property and financial affairs. You can choose to make one type or both.
You must be 18 or over and have mental capacity – the ability to make your own decisions – when you make your LPA. You may need a court-appointed deputy instead if you’re not able to make your own decisions.
Why do you need an LPA?
If you find you’re in a position where it’s getting difficult to get out of the house to go to the bank, post office, etc, or you’ve been diagnosed with a condition that means your mental capacity will deteriorate, like dementia, making an LPA now could help you choose someone you trust to help you make decisions or act on your behalf in the future.
A health and welfare LPA allows you to choose one person or more to make decisions about things; like your daily routine (e.g. eating and what to wear), medical care, moving into a care home and life-sustaining treatment. This type of LPA can only be used when you’re unable to make your own decisions.
A property and financial affairs LPA lets you choose one person or more to make decisions about money and property for you; like paying bills, collecting benefits and selling your home. This type of LPA can be used as soon as it’s registered, with your permission.
If it sounds like either of these LPAs could be useful to you, a family member or friend, contact us for further details of how we can help you to obtain them.
During the month of February, we will be offering a £75 discount per LPA to our Leeds and West Yorkshire based clients.
Call 0113 2507792 for Tom or Monika at our Yeadon office or 0113 2248080 for Charlotte or James at our Pudsey office. Alternatively, you can email email@example.com (please quote ‘LPA Month Morrish’).