Power of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which lets you appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf.  It is most commonly used when somebody is unable to make their own decisions.

There are two types of LPA:

  • health and welfare
  • property and financial affairs

You can choose to either make one type of LPA or both.

What is a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney?

This allows you to choose one or more people to make decisions about things concerning your health and welfare, for example:-

  • your daily routine (eg eating and what to wear)
  • medical care
  • moving into a care home
  • refusing life-sustaining treatment

 

This Lasting Power of Attorney can only be used once someone is unable to make their own decisions.

What is a Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney?

You can use this to choose one or more people to make decisions on your behalf about your finances/money and property, for example:-

  • paying bills
  • collecting benefits
  • selling your home

You can appoint someone to look after your property and financial affairs at any time.

Our team at Darton Law is able to take you through the entire process and help you to decide if an LPA is something that would assist you, either now or in the future.  We are able to advise you on various issues, such as:-

  • Who can make an LPA?
  • Why you should consider making an LPA?
  • When you should make an LPA?
  • Who should you appoint as your “Attorney”?
  • Who can be your “Attorney”?
  • Who cannot be your “Attorney”?
  • How to register an LPA with The Office of the Public Guardian and what is the registration fee?
  • How to cancel or end an LPA

We are able to offer either a fixed fee service or reasonable and competitive hourly rates, depending upon your requirements.

Please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or telephone for further information and advice.  You can rest assured that your query will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

 

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