Powers of Attorney (LPA)

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) Services

Control over who makes decisions when you’re unable to
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Secure your future by selecting someone you trust
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is separate to your Will and gives you peace of mind by appointing someone to make decisions on your behalf. Whether through age, disability or infirmity, LPAs give you a measure of control even when circumstances can mean that you’re not able to make some of your own choices or represent yourself.
Without an officially registered LPA the Court of Protection would have to appoint a Court Deputy to deal with your affairs, which could result in fees in the £000’s.  Even if you’re married your spouse won’t necessarily be given control over all your affairs without a Power of Attorney.

Using Powers of Attorney for Your Benefit

As we have already established, a Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal tool that allows you to grant certain powers over your financial affairs or your future healthcare choices to a third party. Whether this third party is your partner, a trusted relative or a good friend is entirely your choice but you should, of course, be sure that you can trust the person in question absolutely. Whilst nobody relishes the thought of relinquishing control of their affairs or their very lives to another person, an LPA enables you to arrange for such control to be passed in an orderly manner to somebody whose judgement you trust completely, rather than leaving everything to chance.
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Avoiding Family Feuds

One very good reason to arrange a Lasting Power of Attorney for property affairs is to avoid the possibility of family arguments over who should take responsibility for you in the event that you are no longer able to take responsibility for yourself and your assets. Because an LPA covering your personal property can be tailored to meet your specific requirements, you can hand over as little or as much control as you wish. You can also stipulate under what precise conditions control should pass to your appointed attorney, making an LPA for property affairs a very flexible tool with which to ensure your assets are properly managed.

LPA PA - trusting someone with your property and affairs

A Lasting Power of Attorney for Property & Affairs (LPA PA) takes care of your financial affairs and can be worded to cover your property, bank accounts and other assets.  Amongst other things, this means that your chosen attorney can pay your bills and deal with your income if you become incapable.
You can decide when this arrangement is invoked – for example, if you have difficulty getting out of the house or talking on the phone, you can appoint someone to legally act on your behalf in these circumstances, even if you are still as sharp as ever. Alternatively, the LPA might only be triggered when you lack the capacity to make any decision yourself.
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LPA HW – trusting someone with your care and personal welfare

A Personal Welfare LPA (LPA HW) allows you to decide who gets to make decisions on your future care and welfare, and unlike the Property and Affairs element only comes into force when you are unable to make your own decisions.  It can cover things like where you will live and what medical care you receive, and can include guidance on refusal of life-sustaining treatment.
As with the LPA PA we’ll help you decide how to structure it and register it with the Office of the Public Guardian so that it becomes a legally binding document.  An LPA HW won’t cover management of your financial affairs so if you’ve chosen two different deputies you will need to tell us whether you want to appoint your attorneys to act together or independently.
Easy to set up – not easy to overlook
We would always counsel having both types of LPA to ensure your attorneys can fully cater for your needs, whatever situation you find yourself in.
Drawing up an LPA is easy – one of our professionally trained consultants will visit you in your home, workplace or care facility to draw up all the necessary paperwork.  You tell us who you’d like to appoint as your ‘attorney’ and in what circumstances, and once signed these documents can be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.
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Ensuring Your Healthcare Wishes Are Respected

Whilst it is possible for you to leave instructions as to how you would like to be treated in the event you end up on life support and are unable to make your wishes known to the medical team that is caring for you, using a Lasting Power of Attorney for Personal Welfare to appoint a representative to ensure your wishes are respected is often a more secure way to achieve this objective. Knowing that a trusted friend or relative will be there to protect your rights can bring great peace of mind at a time in your life when you really need it.
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To enquire about our Lasting Power of Attorney services, contact your local Heritage Wills office today.

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