What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

Wednesday 12th September 2012
What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

Whilst many people make plans for what is to happen to their estate should they pass away by making a will, far less people take steps to ensure that their affairs can be looked after should they simply be unable to look after them on their own. This could be for a multitude of reasons including illness, accidents or mental health issues.
 
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which lets someone appoint another person or people to be their attorneys and allows them to make decisions on their behlf in the event that they are no longer able to do so themselves because they have lost the mental capacity to do so.
 
There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney :
 
The Personal and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney and the Property and Affairs Lasting Powers of Attorney.
 
The Personal and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorneyallows a person to hand over the decision-making powers in regard to their healthcare and welfare to a responsible person of their choosing.
 
The Property and Affairs lasting powers of attorney allows a person to hand over the decision-making powers in regard to their property and affairs to a responsible person of their choosing.
 
Binghams Solicitors are specialised in all of the above and offer helpful and sympathetic advice. We offer home visits and can also visit clients in care and nursing homes should this be easier for you.
 
For all enquiries please call Gareth Davies on 0151 630 7171
 

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