A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone you trust to make important decisions on your behalf if you are no longer able to do so. You may lose mental capacity or become very ill and advance preparations in making a Lasting Power of Attorney could have huge benefits such as:
- Your partner or the person you appoint is able to sell your home, pay your bills or collect your income without costly permission from the court. It will make things much easier and cheaper for your friends and family to sort out.
- The people that you trust the most with your affairs will be involved in making decisions in your best interests. A stranger or someone that you do not trust will have no authority to get involved.
- You can make advanced care planning and make your own wishes and preferences clear regarding your choices about treatment and health issues.
- Quite often, if you are seeking NHS Continuing Healthcare funding, the NHS will require you to have a Health and Welfare LPA if your loved one has lost mental capacity. This also gives loved ones access to vital medical records.
With an LPA the appointed person can manage finances and/or healthcare or medical issues for you in the future if you reach the point where you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself. This document is vital if you want to ensure that your most important decisions are protected and your intentions are stated clearly. We can help you to ensure that you don’t leave vital choices in your life to chance.