Power of Attorney
Power of Attorney enables someone else to manage your affairs on your behalf when you are no longer able to or no longer want to. Being unable to anymore manage your affairs can be both challenging and upsetting; however there are processes in place to help deal with such matters when they arise. Setting up an Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) will give you more control over what happens to you, if for example, you have an accident or an illness and you are unable to make decisions which need to be made.
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which enables you to choose someone to make decisions for you when you no longer can or are unable to. To make an LPA you must be over 18 years of age and have mental capacity (ability to make own decisions). It is important that you make the LPA whilst you are still capable of making decisions about who to appoint as your attorneys and what powers you want to give them. The LPA cannot be used until it is registered with the OPG, which you can do at any point after it has been made. Once registered, your attorneys must act within any restrictions or conditions you have set out in the LPA form.
LPA replaced Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) in 2007 and gives your representative the right to manage your affairs and make decisions on your behalf. EPAs made before 1 October 2007 can still be used.
How We Can Help You
Our solicitors can assist you in drafting and creating your Lasting Power of Attorney, ensuring that all restrictions and conditions are set out exactly how you want them.