Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

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Francis James & Partners LLP

Lasting Power of Attorney

A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you appoint one of more people (attorneys) to help you make decisions on your behalf. They are very powerful documents and so it is extremely important that they are completed correctly and that you understand what they are and how they can be used.

What decisions will my Attorneys be able to make?

It is important to point out that your attorneys will not be able to make any decisions on your behalf, until the time comes when you aren’t able to make these choices yourself.

However, there are two types of LPA:

Health and welfare

Your chosen attorney has the power to make decisions about: 

  • Any current or future medical treatment.
  • Whether you wish to accept or refuse different types of health care.
  • Whether you are able to stay living at home or be moved into residential care.
  • Whether or not to accept treatment or choose not to be accept life sustaining treatment.

Property and financial affairs

Your chosen attorney has the power to make decisions about: 

  • Making payments for Household bills and care arrangements.
  • To claim and receive your Pension or State Benefits.
  • To be able to apply for or cashing in any investments you might hold.
  • To make a decision on either buying or selling your home.
  • Opening and closing of any bank or building society accounts.
  • Transferring of money in to or out of their bank or building society accounts

Why should you get an LPA now?

Think of it as an insurance policy. You buy it, but you hope you never need it. Like insurance you must take it out before you need to make a claim. Hence, you must have mental capacity when you make your LPA. Having an LPA gives allows you to hand over control of what happens to your health care and money if you have an accident or an illness and can’t make your own decisions.  No one in your family is allowed to talk to your doctor or your bank without one. That can present serious problems to your loved ones

What happens if I get better or recover?

An LPA is not a one-way door. It can be a great help if you  are in hospital for a while but once it is no longer needed, it can be set aside. 

How much will it cost to get an LPA?

We charge a fee of £150 for a single LPA or £250 for a double. This does not include the fee to register the LPA with the Office of Public Guardian, which can cost in the region of £80 depending on your circumstances.

How we can help

We will discuss your circumstances and options to ensure that your wishes are adhered to. 

Our service includes:

  • Advising on the types of LPAs available and their benefits;
  • advice on who you appoint as attorneys
  • writing additional instructions to be attached to the LPA;
  • preparation and submission of the documentation

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