Lasting Powers of Attorney
As part of planning for the future we can advise you, giving you clear sensible guidance on the use and creation of Lasting Powers of Attorney. There are two types of LPA:-
1. Property & Financial Affairs LPA
This allows you to choose one or more attorneys who will then be able to make decisions in respect of your financial and property affairs. This document will continue to be effective if and when you are no longer able or lack the mental capacity to make your own decisions. Your Attorneys will be able to pay your bills, manage your bank accounts and investments, subject to any restrictions or conditions that you believe to be appropriate. We shall advise on all of those.
2. Health & Welfare LPA
This is a totally separate document to a Property and Financial Affairs LPA which gives your chosen attorney authority to make decisions relating to any health issues you might have or your personal welfare. It can include the power for the attorney to give or refuse consent to medical treatment or to life sustaining treatment. It can also include decisions with regard to residential care or treatment at home. A Health & Welfare LPA is only effective if you become mentally incapable, but it is a document which you can put in place whilst you are fit and well, to reflect your wishes as to your own future treatment.