Lasting Powers of Attorney
Lasting Power of Attorney Solicitors
Taking the decision to make a Lasting Power of Attorney can be daunting. Still, failure to create one could leave your family and loved ones unable to make decisions for you or handle your affairs in line with your wishes and intentions. Therefore, creating a Lasting Power of Attorney at any age will be highly beneficial.
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows a person to plan for the future. Contrary to popular belief, an LPA can be created by any person over the age of 18 and are not just designed for elderly people or those with terminal illness. A Lasting Power of Attorney helps to ensure that every eventuality is covered.
Lasting Powers of Attorney Solicitor Near Me
When a person creates an LPA, they (the donor) will allocate decision-making responsibilities to a trusted person (the attorney). There are two main types of Lasting Power of Attorney;
Property and Financial Affairs LPA
This kind of LPA enables you to select an individual to make decisions for you concerning your assets and financial matters. This might include money, bills, tax, bank accounts, property, investments, or pensions.
Health and Welfare LPA
This form of LPA enables you to designate someone to make decisions concerning your healthcare which could involve life-sustaining treatments. The attorney would be responsible for decisions regarding your well-being, such as your living arrangements, daily routine or medical care.
A Health and Welfare LPA only allows your attorney to make decisions when you cannot do so due to a lack of mental capacity, as outlined in the Mental Capacity Act 2005. This might apply if you are unconscious or have dementia. A Health and Welfare LPA will be a legally acceptable document to doctors and medical staff if necessary.
If you are looking for advice surrounding a Lasting Power of Attorney, please contact our experienced private client solicitors and chartered legal executives today on 01945 583194 (Wisbech) or 01354 652606 (March), or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can fill in our contact form.
March and Wisbech Solicitors
Bowsers Solicitors are local solicitors for the local community. Our private client team specialises in assisting clients with the drafting, implementing and registering Lasting Powers of Attorney.
Our team takes the time to get to know you and understand your circumstances before drafting a bespoke and personable LPA. We can also assist in registering your LPA at the Office of the Public Guardian.
Creating your LPA is essential to ensure that the decision-making is left to your attorney should you lose the mental capacity to do so.
To speak to one of our friendly yet professional private client solicitors or chartered legal executives today, please call 01945 583194 (Wisbech) or 01354 652606 (March), or email email@example.com. Alternatively, you can fill in our contact form.
Solicitors for Lasting Powers of Attorney Cambridgeshire
Some people may have created a Living Will (Advance Decision) as well as a Lasting Power of Attorney. The document that was created most recently will be prioritised.
If you make an LPA after making an Advance Decision: The attorney specified in your LPA can override the provisions of the Advance Decision if you granted them the power to make the decisions when you created the LPA.
If you make an Advance Decision after creating an LPA: By first registering the Health and Welfare LPA and then applying the Advance Decision, you obtain advantages like allowing your attorney to support your treatment refusal wishes and ensuring they act for your best interest. In cases where a decision involves a topic not covered in your Advance Decision, your attorney will maintain the ability to act for you.
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