A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that enables you to appoint someone to make decisions about your welfare, money or property, either now or in the future.
If illness or incapacity prevents you from dealing with your own day to day affairs, you can prepare a LPA to appoint someone committed to looking after your best interests. It is important to take steps now to choose someone you trust to manage and protect your wellbeing in the future.
There are two different types of Lasting Powers of Attorney:
Find out more with our Lasting Power of Attorney FAQs.
A Health and Welfare LPA enables you to choose one or more people to make decisions for you relating to your health and personal welfare, such as where you live or your medical treatment, in the event of you becoming mentally incapable.
This type of LPA can only be used once the form has been has been registered at the Office of the Public Guardian and the individual concerned has become mentally incapable of making their own decisions.
A Health and Welfare LPA also enables you to empower your attorneys to give or refuse life sustaining treatment on your behalf.
A Property and Financial Affairs LPA enables you to appoint someone to manage your property and financial affairs at a time when you are no longer physically able to or lack the mental capacity to do so. This could include paying your bills or selling your property.
As with the Health and Welfare LPA, a Property and Financial Affairs LPA can only be used once the form has been registered at the Office of the Public Guardian. However, this can be used even if the person still has mental capacity.
We have a large, diverse and experienced Asset Management Team who specialise in all matters relating to powers of attorney. Working throughout Wales and England, our specialist solicitors regularly prepare powers of attorney for all manner of situations and clients.
We can register Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) and the old form Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPA) with the Office of Public Guardian in order that they can be used by the appointed attorney and we also have a specialist deputyship team, who deal with applications to the Court of Protection if an LPA or an EPA is not in place, and the person has lost mental capacity.