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Lasting Powers of Attorney

What are they and why do you need them?

Lasting Powers of Attorney

 

Lasting Powers of Attorney are used to give someone authority to make decisions on your behalf, should you lose mental capacity as a result of an illness such as Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease or Stroke.

If you lose capacity and you do not have Lasting Powers of Attorney in place it becomes very expensive, time-consuming and complicated for your loved ones to gain access to bank accounts and other confidential documentation that may need to be accessed in order to care for you.

There are two types of LPA 

  • Property and Financial Affairs
  • Health and Welfare

A property and financial affairs LPA will give your appointed attorney/s authority to deal with:

  • Bank accounts
  • Benefits
  • Debts
  • Buying or selling property

A health and welfare LPA will give them authority to deal with:

  • Your healthcare and any treatment you might require
  • Your daily care
  • Where you live.

Although you can make you own LPA and then send it off for registration at the Office of the Public Guardian, this is not recommended as they can be tricky to understand and many are rendered invalid and sent back over minor errors.

It is best to have your LPAs professionally drafted by someone with experience such as a Will writer or solicitor.

SJ Will writers can draft your LPAs for £150 per document, which is comparatively more reasonable than what you might expect to pay if you went to a solicitor.

Our aim is to make this important process affordable and easy. 

Contact us directly to see how we can help you.

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