Lasting Power of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows you to choose someone to make decisions on your behalf, in case you become unable to make decisions for yourself in the future due to incapacity or illness. There are two types of LPA documents: Health and Welfare, and Property and Financial Affairs.
"Creating an LPA document is an important step in planning for the future."

Creating a Lasting Power of Attorney

To create an LPA document, you will need to choose an attorney or attorneys to act on your behalf. These attorneys can be family members, friends, or a professional.

You will also need to decide which type of LPA document(s) you need and complete the relevant forms. The forms will need to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before they can be used.

It is important to note that an LPA document cannot be created once you have lost mental capacity. Therefore, it is recommended that you create an LPA document as soon as possible to ensure that your wishes are respected if you become unable to make decisions for yourself.

Examples of Situations where an LPA is necessary

An LPA document is necessary for anyone who wants to ensure that their wishes are respected if they become unable to make decisions for themselves. This includes individuals who are elderly, those who have a chronic illness or disability, and anyone who wants to plan for the future. Examples of situations where an LPA document is necessary include:

  • A person who has been diagnosed with dementia and may become unable to make decisions for themselves in the future
  • A person who may be undergoing medical treatment that could affect their ability to make decisions
  • A person who wants to ensure that their finances are managed in a certain way if they become unable to make decisions for themselves
  • A person who wants to appoint someone to make health care decisions on their behalf if they become unable to make those decisions themselves.


Creating an LPA document can help ensure that your wishes are respected and that your interests are protected if you become unable to make decisions for yourself.

Types of Lasting Power of Attorney

There are two types of LPA documents: Health and Welfare and Property and Financial Affairs.

A Health and Welfare LPA allows your attorney(s) to make decisions on your behalf about your personal welfare and healthcare, including decisions about where you live, what medical treatment you receive, and what kind of care you receive.

A Property and Financial Affairs LPA allows your attorney(s) to manage your finances and property on your behalf, including paying bills, collecting benefits, and selling property.

It is important to choose the right type of LPA document(s) for your needs and choose an attorney(s) you trust to make decisions on your behalf.

In most cases both LPA documents are chosen so that your personal welfare and healthcare, as well as your finances and property, can be managed by your selected attorneys on your behalf. I can assist you with this by attending you at your home to discuss the contents and implications of the LPA and then obtain the relevant information for completing the forms.

Once completed, I will arrange to visit you again, so that I can go through the completed LPA form(s) with you before signing. I am also able to witness the signatures of yourself and the attorneys, as well as sign the LPA as a Certificate Provider.

The costs are as follows and include VAT:

  • One LPA   £275
    (for either Health and Welfare or Property and Financial Affairs)
 
  • Two LPAs   £475
    (for both Health and Welfare as well as Property and Financial Affairs)

These prices are not subject to VAT.

Please note that the above costs include two home visits – one for taking instructions and providing advice, the other to conduct the witnessing and signing.

A down payment of £50 will be required at our initial appointment, which will be deducted from the final cost of your LPA(s) or, repaid if you subsequently decide not to proceed before any drafting of documents is undertaken.

After the signing formalities have been finalised, if you would like your LPA(s) to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian straightaway, then I will do this for you as part of the service I offer. If, however, you wish to deal with this yourself, the original LPA(s) will be left with you for registration. Either way, the Public Guardian Office will require a fee of £82 for each LPA.

Please note that the LPA(s) cannot be used until registration has taken place.

Limitations of LPAs

It is important to note that an LPA document does not give your attorney(s) unlimited power to make decisions on your behalf. There are limitations to what they can do, and they must act in your best interests at all times.

Additionally, an LPA document does not prevent you from making decisions for yourself if you are still capable of doing so. It only comes into effect if you become unable to make decisions for yourself due to incapacity or illness.

Creating an LPA document is an important step in planning for the future, but it is important to also communicate your wishes with your loved ones and to review your LPA document regularly to ensure that it still reflects your wishes and circumstances.

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