About this service
One thing that an individual can do to help plan for their future is to produce a Lasting Power of Attorney; this document allows for a specified individual of your choosing, your “Attorney” (usually a family member or friend), to act on your behalf in the event you are unable to manage your affairs due to illness or incapacity; any action taken by your Attorney must be in your best interests.
We can assist you in producing this important legal document with easy to follow advice for a fixed fee. There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney:
- Property and Financial Affairs
- Health and Welfare
Property and Financial Affairs allows your Attorney to manage your property and assets. They will be able to sell property, operate your bank accounts, pay bills, and sort out state benefits on your behalf.
Health and Welfare allows your Attorney to make decisions in relation to your living arrangements, medical treatment, and the care you receive. These decisions can only be made in the circumstances where you are unable to make those decisions for yourself.
For a Lasting Power of Attorney to be effective, they must be registered at the Office of the Public Guardian. Once registered the Property and Financial Affairs can be used immediately, whilst the Power or Attorney relating to Health and Welfare can only be used where you are unable to make the decisions yourself.
Enduring Powers of Attorney
If you have made an Enduring Power of Attorney prior to October 2007, it may require registration at the Office of the Public Guardian if you lose capacity. We can help ensure that the document is registered correctly, allowing your friends and family to assist you with your day to day affairs.
Enduring Powers of Attorney only relate to your property and do not allow your Attorney to make decisions relating your health and welfare. We can help provide you with the Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare to ensure that your loved ones can assist you with your care and medical treatment, when you need their assistance the most.
Much like Wills, a Lasting Power of Attorney is something we say we need to do but often put off until it is too late. It is only then that the importance of creating a Lasting Power of Attorney comes to mind.
If a friend or family member has not produced a Lasting Power of Attorney and now lacks capacity to do so, we can assist you with applying to the Court of Protection for deputyship; this will mean that you are authorised by the Court of Protection to act on behalf of your loved one to make decisions regarding their personal property or medical treatment, when your loved one is no longer able to.