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What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more people to make decisions on your behalf if you can no longer do so. This gives you more control over what happens to you if you have an accident or an illness and can’t make decisions at the time they need to be made. There are two types of LPAs:

  • LPA for Financial Decisions – Covers managing your bank account and selling your house.
  • LPA for Health and Care Decisions -This is used only if you cannot make decisions about your care or medical treatment.

What if there is no LPA if I lose mental capacity?

Without an LPA, if you lose mental capacity, someone may need to apply to the court to become your ‘deputy’, a process which can be lengthy and expensive. It’s less predictable than an LPA because the court decides who is appointed rather than you.

What rights does a Lasting Power of Attorney have?

An attorney under an LPA has the authority to make decisions about your property and financial affairs or health and welfare, depending on the type of LPA. However, they must always act in your best interests and consider your wishes where possible.

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Who to appoint as an LPA

Who should I appoint as Lasting Power of Attorney?

Choose someone you trust, who understands you well, and is reliable—typically, this might be a family member or a close friend. Remember, they will be making important decisions on your behalf.

What are the responsibilities of a Lasting Power of Attorney?

An attorney’s responsibilities include paying your bills, managing your investments, deciding on medical care, and potentially making day-to-day care decisions. They must always act in good faith, keep records, and separate their money from yours.

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What an LPA does

What does an LPA do regarding health, welfare, property, and finance?

Understanding the scope of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is vital. Here’s what an LPA covers regarding health, welfare, property, and finance:

  • Health and Welfare – Making decisions about medical care, daily routine (e.g., eating and what to wear), and living arrangements.
  • Property and Financial Affairs – Handling banking, paying bills, collecting benefits, and selling or renting property.

What decisions can an LPA NOT make?

There are some decisions that an LPA can’t make on your behalf. An attorney cannot:

  • Change your will
  • Make decisions after your death (except organising your funeral)
  • Vote on your behalf
  • Consent to marriage or a civil partnership
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