These are documents that enable you to give legal authority to a person or persons who you trust, to manage your affairs for you or make decisions on your behalf when you are not in a position to do so yourself, for example following an accident, stroke or the onset of dementia.  These people are called your Attorneys.

There are two kinds of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) – one that deals with your Property & Financial Affairs and one that deals with your Health and Welfare.

The former will enable your Attorneys to do things like draw your pension or pay your bills, or sell a property on your behalf.  The latter will enable your Attorneys to make decisions related to your health and personal welfare, for example what sort of care your receive (this type of LPA can only be used by your Attorney when you lose mental capacity).

Both types of LPA must be registered by the Office of the Public Guardian before they can be used by your Attorneys.

APS Legal can help with all stages of arranging your LPAs from initial advice to registration.

Although we tend to think of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney documents as useful for later life, it’s important to think what would happen now if you were unfortunate enough to have an accident or serious illness.  It’s best to organise these important documents BEFORE you need them.