Lasting Power of Attorney
Lasting Power of Attorney Solicitors in Norwich, Norfolk
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a document which allows you to appoint a person that you trust to deal with you financial affairs or your personal welfare should you become unable to do so yourself. An LPA, registered with the Office of the Public Guardian, will continue even if you become mentally incapable through illness or accident.
Personal Welfare LPA
This LPA allows an attorney to make decisions about the donor’s health and welfare such as:
- Where the donor will live and with whom.
- Giving or refusing consent to medical treatment.
- Being able to access personal information such as Medical Records.
- Day-to-day decisions such as what the donor wears, what they eat and how they spend their day.
Property & Affairs LPA
This document replaces the old “Enduring Power of Attorney” and allows the attorney to make decisions relating to the donor’s property and financial affairs such as:
- Buying or selling property.
- Managing investments.
- Running a business.
- Accessing and using your bank accounts and obtaining financial information.
With studies showing that almost 1 in 3 of us will at some point in our lives suffer from Dementia or similar illness, making an LPA early can give us the peace of mind that important decisions will not be left to faceless individuals. Many people do not consider what will happen to them when they lose capacity. Unfortunately by the time that they start to lose capacity to run their own affairs it is too late to create a LPA. The only solution then is to make application to the Court of Protection which is a lengthy and expensive procedure.
If having created the LPA the donor changes their mind about who they wish to have as attorneys or wishes to cancel the LPA then even if it is registered with the Office of the Public Guardian they may cancel it at any time provided that they have capacity to understand the ramifications of their decision.
Our solicitors would be happy to meet with you to discuss the preparation of a Lasting Power of Attorney. We will also draft the necessary documents should you require it. gordon dean Solicitors can also act as attorneys if the donor wishes. We can advise the attorneys on their duties, obligations and powers and help you with any applications you require to make to the Court of Protection.
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