Lasting Power of Attorney
Why do you need an LPA?
A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives authority to another person to act on your behalf. It prevents a stranger, or someone you don’t trust, from having this power.
Without an LPA, if you become ill and/or cannot make your own decisions, your loved ones (including your spouse or partner) must apply to a court for these powers – adding significant cost and time.
Creating an LPA in advance of any situation where you are unable to make decisions for yourself makes sure that your affairs and welfare will be looked after by someone you trust.
There are two types of LPA:
The “attorney” can take care of financial decisions for you including communicating with banks and financial organisations, paying bills, deciding what happens to a property.
The “attorney” can make decisions around care and residence, and ongoing or life sustaining treatment.
What can we do for you?
We provide a fixed-fee personal service, completing forms and registering them with the Office of the Public Guardian. We can also act as your “certifier”.
We visit you at home, at a time convenient to you, to explain the process, give you advice and discuss your wishes in detail. We will liaise with your “certifier” and attorneys to ensure they understand their role.
We will prepare all the OPG forms for you and deliver the documents to you at home to witness and sign – making the process more efficient.
After signing, we will send the forms to the OPG on your behalf. After registration, you and your attorneys will receive the final certified document for safe-keeping.