What is Lasting Power of Attorney and Why Do I Need One?

If you lose the ability to manage your affairs through accident or illness, you would normally assume that your partner or family would be able to make decisions on your behalf. This is not the case!

A legal document known as a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is required. An LPA enables you (‘the donor’) to appoint someone you trust (‘the attorney’) to make decisions on your behalf whilst you are alive but unable to do so yourself.

If you don’t have an LPA in place and you lose capacity then your partner or family would have to apply to The Court of Protection for the legal right to make decisions on your behalf.

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This can be a lengthy and costly process and can result in financial hardship for you and your loved ones at a time when this is least needed.

In this video clip, you can hear a real life account featured on BBC One Show of how not having Lasting Power of Attorney impacted on one family;

 

There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney and these are some examples of the decisions that an attorney will be able to make on your behalf if necessary:

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If you haven’t got a Lasting Power of Attorney in place but recognise the importance of protecting yourself and your family, please contact Claudine Jackson on
07725 403 584 or email cjackson@jwals.co.uk for a free no obligation consultation that takes place in your home at a time that suits you.

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