How does a Lasting Power of Attorney work?
Making a Lasting Power of Attorney is the only way that someone can choose who they trust to manage their affairs if they lose mental capacity and aren’t able to do so themselves.
Shaun Elliott, Customer Service Manager at the Office of the Public Guardian, outlines a few things to think about when completing a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) application:
Here are some things to remember.
- With a Finance and Property LPA you choose when it can be used and how. You can continue to do things yourself as you normally would. Your right to do so is protected. For instance, you might have to go into hospital and want a family member or a friend to sort things out for a few weeks. You may choose to do some things yourself but allow someone else to do others. This can be set out in advance.
- A Health and Welfare LPA only comes into effect if you lose mental capacity. It gives your next of kin or chosen attorney(s) legal powers they don’t otherwise have over things like medical treatment and other lifestyle choices. You can therefore make your wishes known and trust that they are carried out.
- Before an LPA can be used it must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. The cost of registration has recently been reduced to £82 for each LPA, and if you are on a low income you may get help with the fee, or even pay no fee (for registration) at all.
Please call us on (01983) 533938 for an information pack and details of our fees. Or arrange a free half an hour appointment to discuss your needs. You can also contact us here.
Wheelers Solicitors can fully support you in all stages of creating and registering a Lasting Power of Attorney and will take the time to fully explain the process to you.