Lasting Power of Attorney
A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that enables you, the donor to appoint someone that you trust as an attorney and to make decisions on your behalf. If you appoint more than one attorney, you must decide whether they are to act together or can act separately.
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney.
- A Property & Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney enables you to choose a person to make decisions about your money and property. This can include the buying and selling of property, paying bills and collecting pensions and benefits.
- A Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney enables you to choose a person to make decisions about your daily routine, when you have lost the ability to do so yourself. This can include moving into a suitable care home, when required, your medical care and life-sustaining treatment.
You must think carefully as to who you wish to appoint as an attorney. In practical terms, the person must be over the age of 18 years and have the mental capacity to make their own decisions and be around when they are called upon. An attorney may be your spouse, relative, a friend or even a professional such as a solicitor.
When choosing an attorney, you must think about how well that person looks after their own affairs, how well you know that person and whether you trust them to make decisions in your best interest. This particular person must agree to make decisions on your behalf and be appointed as an attorney.
By instructing Andrew & Andrew Solicitors Ltd to prepare these documents at an early stage, you will have confidence that your affairs will be managed correctly, in the way that you wish, should you ever lost capacity and be unable to make your own decisions.
We work on a fixed fee basis so you can be sure of the legal costs involved. Should you have any further queries, contact the Private Client team today by telephoning on local rate 023 9267 5555 or freephone 0800 083 6499. Alternatively, you can submit brief details of your query via any of the contact boxes on our website and we will contact you.