A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to choose one or more persons you trust to make decisions on your behalf if you are no longer capable of making these decisions yourself. The person or persons you choose will be your attorney(s).
You can make a Lasting Power of Attorney (Property and Affairs), which allows you to appoint attorneys to act on your behalf in relation to your property and finances.
You can also make a Lasting Power of Attorney (Personal Welfare), which allows you to choose someone to make decisions relating to your personal welfare and healthcare when you lack the capacity to make those decisions yourself.
Both types of LPA need to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). In the case of decisions relating to Health and Welfare, powers can only be used by the appointed attorney(s) in the event you have lost mental capacity.
By appointing attorneys under an LPA, your family will not have to make a lengthy and costly application to the Court of Protection in order to be able to make decisions for you.
At Hethertons, we have considerable experience advising older clients and Barbara Stephens, who heads up our Later Life Services, is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).