Lasting Power of Attorney
Lasting Power of Attorney Solicitors in Gloucestershire
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is an important legal document that could protect you and your future. By putting in place a Lasting Power of Attorney, whilst you still have the mental capacity to do so, you are giving one or more people (the attorney) the authority to make decisions and act on your behalf if you lost the ability to make those decisions for yourself. There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney:
- Property and Financial Affairs
- Health and Welfare
Our experienced team can advise you on the appropriate type of power of attorney for either financial affairs or health and welfare. We can also advise you on LPA disputes, Living Wills and Wills and Statutory Wills.
Did you know that without the correct LPA in place, with a named attorney, even if you are married or in a civil partnership, your next of kin or spouse will not have the authority to deal with your bank account, other financial affairs or have the final say about your healthcare if you lose the ability to do so. If you do lose mental capacity, without an appropriate LPA in place, a family member or loved one would have to apply to the Court of Protection to be appointed as your “Deputy”. To find out more information, please contact our specialist team to find out how we can help you or visit our pages about: Mental Capacity, Court of Protection and Deputyship.
Types of Lasting Powers of Attorney
- Lasting Power of Attorney for Property & Financial Affairs – A property and financial affairs lasting power of attorney deals with decisions about such things as selling your house, paying your bills or collecting benefits.
- Lasting Power of Attorney for Health & Welfare – A health and welfare lasting power of attorney deals with health care and medical decisions such as giving or refusing consent to particular types of health care, including medical treatment decisions or whether you can live in your own home.
Health and welfare decisions can only be taken by somebody else when you lack the capacity to make them for yourself, for example, if you are unconscious or because of the onset of a condition such as dementia.
This can be of particular interest to unmarried couples or those not in a civil partnership. If your partner is appointed to act as an attorney, the health and welfare lasting power of attorney will be a legally acceptable document to doctors and medical staff.
How our Lasting Power of Attorney Experts in Cheltenham and Gloucester can help
Langley Wellington expert private client team specialises in drawing up Lasting Powers of Attorneys on behalf of clients to assist them through this complex procedure. We also deal with the registration of the LPA at the Office of the Public Guardian on the application of either the donor or the attorney.
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To find out more about our Private Client Services or to speak with our team, you can call us on 01452 521286, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or make an online enquiry. We have two offices in Cheltenham and Gloucester. To find out more contact us.
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