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Lasting Power of Attorney

Someone that you love has become unable to make decisions for themselves…

Who makes the decisions?

You have been granted Lasting Power of Attorney but only for welfare and not property and financial affairs…

What happens now?

If you are married or in a civil partnership, you may have assumed that your spouse or partner would automatically be able to deal with your bank accounts and pensions, and make decisions about your health and care if you lose the ability to do so (called mental capacity). This is not the case.

If you lose the capacity to make your own decisions and you don’t have a valid lasting power of attorney, an application to the Court of Protection will have to be made to have a deputy appointed.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to give someone you trust the legal power to make decisions on your behalf in case you later become unable to make decisions for yourself. (They are referred to as your attorney(s)).

Lasting Power of Attorney

Health & Welfare

An LPA for Health and Welfare allows your attorney(s) to make decisions about anything to do with your health and personal welfare. This includes decisions about:

  • What medical treatment you receive
  • Where you are cared for /live
  • The type of care you receive
  • Day-to-day aspects like your diet, how you dress and your daily routine

An LPA for financial decisions can cover things such as:

  • Buying and selling property
  • Paying the mortgage
  • Investing money
  • Paying bills
  • Arranging repairs to property

Beacon Wealth Legal are experienced in dealing with Lasting Powers of Attorney and court of protection applications. Please call us for assistance.