Lasting Power of Attorney

Lasting Power of Attorney

Widely recognised as one of the most valuable methods to protect yourself and your family from health conditions. Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease or stroke can make day-to-day decisions virtually impossible leaving you and your loved ones vulnerable. In these incredibly difficult circumstances exploring the value of having a lasting power of attorney in place, can allow you to remain in control.

Vanmark drawing up a Lasting Power of Attorney for a client

What is a lasting power of attorney?

A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows a person to appoint someone they know and trust to make decisions on their behalf , should they become unable to do so in the future. This person is referred to as an attorney.

A woman wondering if she should have a Lasting Power of Attorney

Why should I have one?

The most significant reason a person may wish to make a LPA is control. A LPA enables a person to plan how their health, wellbeing and financial affairs will be looked after when they lose the capacity to make these decisions themselves. It allows them to choose:

The decisions they want to be made on their behalf.

The people they want to make these decisions.

How they want those people to make these decisions.

A young man holding his head in his hands as he does not have a Lasting Power of Attorney

What happens if an LPA is not in place?

If a person does not have an LPA in place and subsequently become unable to deal with their own affairs, then a relative or other appropriate representative would need to make an application to the Court of Protection to be appointed as a deputy. This can be a long and expensive process and means the person lacking capacity will have no control over who is appointed to make decisions on their behalf or what decisions they can or cannot make.

The number of registered Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) has increased drastically in recent years to more than five million.

Talk to our professionals to ensure you have someone to act and make decisions on your behalf should the worst happen. Contact us now for a free initial consultation.

Just to say thank you - Simon came round this afternoon to sort out the LPA for my mum. What a nice chap - he made it all very easy and we’re both very happy.

Annie, Oxfordshire.

Very professional, excellent results.

Angela M.

Considerate and reasonably priced. Very highly recommended.

Alan B.