A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a term many people are familiar with but aren’t exactly sure what it means. An LPA enables a person (called the Donor) to empower another person (called the Attorney) to make decisions on their behalf.
All LPA’s can only be put in place by either you, the Donor, and when the Donor has sufficient mental capacity to understand the nature and effect of the LPA.
LPA’s replaced the Enduring Power of Attorney in 2007. An LPA enables you to appoint an Attorney or Attorneys and also substitute Attorneys to make decisions about property and financial affairs, and/or health and welfare issues. LPA's need to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before they can be use and the Attorney can only make decisions for you when you can no longer make them yourself.
The major benefit of an LPA is the protection of your Attorney being able to make decisions on your behalf when you can no longer make decisions for yourself. For more information or to book an appointment to see our specialist, Jane Hucknall, please call us on 0191 262 5133 or alternatively you can book a consultation online or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org