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Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

In the event of someone being unable to manage their own finances and affairs, for example due to Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, someone else may obtain the legal authority to act on their behalf.

There are a number of ways of achieving this, depending on whether the event has been planned for in advance or not. This page deals with the option of planning free consultationfor this eventuality in advance via a Lasting Power of Attorney. (For information on alternative options please see out pages on Court of Protection and registering an Enduring Power of Attorney.)

The idea behind an LPA is that you can appoint someone of your choosing in advance to manage your affairs in the event that you should lose mental capacity.

The benefits of an LPA include:

  1. You get to choose someone you trust to manage your affairs – rather than having the Court appoint someone.
  2. The LPA is available for use if you lose mental capacity. While you have mental capacity you remain in charge of the management of your finances.
  3. You can appoint more than one person to act as your attorneys. You can appoint them to act jointly so they have to make all decisions together; or jointly and severally which means they can make decisions together or independently.
  4. There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney:
    1. A Property and Affairs LPA, giving them authority to deal with financial and property affairs only.
    2. A Health and Welfare LPA, giving someone the power to decontact usal with your health and wellbeing, including making decisions about your medical treatment and day to day care.

There are a number of detailed options and we offer a free initial consultation where we can discuss these options with you. Contact us to arrange a consultation.