Lasting Powers of Attorney
A Lasting Power of Attorney (otherwise known as an “LPA”) allows you to appoint a trusted person or persons to act for you (the Donor) as Attorney. The LPA does not take power away from you but in the event of you becoming mentally or physically unable to deal with your affairs or make decisions on your own then your Attorney(s) can step in.
Only you can appoint an attorney under an LPA and you must have the capacity and understanding to do so. It is therefore important to think about this while you are still in a position to do so. If you have a family member without an LPA who has lost capacity, please visit our page on Court of Protection for more information.
There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney which can be created:-
- Property and Financial Affairs
- Health and Welfare
The Property and Financial Affairs LPA can be used at any time, once the registration formalities have been complied with, whereas the Health and Welfare LPA can only be used once the Donor has lost mental capacity.
Any type of LPA must be registered at the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used and the current fee is £82.00 per document. We can deal with all of the registration formalities for you.
Our fees for dealing with the preparation and registration of a Lasting Power of Attorney is £250.00 plus VAT, and the registration fee payable to the Office of the Public Guardian.
If you require any further information about Lasting Powers of Attorney, please make an appointment with one of our team or please contact us.