Powers of Attorney & Lasting Powers of Attorney

If you need to authorise someone else to act on your behalf we can prepare a Power of Attorney, tailored to your needs, appointing your choice of Attorney, for use as and when required.

You may also consider drawing up a Lasting Power of Attorney, a legal document that allows you to appoint someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf. It remains valid indefinitely and even if you lose capacity.

Why do I need a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?

This is not just an issue for the elderly. Health problems, injuries, accidents and illness can affect anyone. No-one can access your funds or deal with your property if you become incapable. Someone can apply to Court for authority to handle your financial affairs but it is a lengthy and expensive process, with ongoing costs.

There are two types of LPA that you can make:

Property & Financial Affairs - allows your Attorney to deal with your financial affairs e.g. paying your bills, and dealing with your assets.

Health & Welfare - allows your Attorney to make welfare and healthcare decisions for you. This may extend to giving or refusing consent for life sustaining treatment.

The Health and Welfare LPA can only be used when you are unable to make your own decisions. The Property and Financial Affairs LPA becomes effective whenever you wish.

Lasting Powers of Attorney specialist, Julie West Solicitor

Whether you have particular preferences over the way you may be cared for, or simply wish to ensure your bills can continue to be paid, drawing up an LPA safeguards your future.