What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney, or LPA, is a legal document that allows you to choose someone to make decisions on your behalf during your lifetime. The people appointed to look after your affairs are called the Attorneys. These powers will stay in place even if you lose your ability to make decisions yourself, allowing your attorneys to ensure that everything continues to run smoothly for you, whatever happens.

There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney:

A property and finance LPA lets your appointed Attorney make decisions about your property and money, including paying your bills, selling your property, and collecting your benefits or pension.

A health and welfare LPA lets your appointed Attorney make decisions about your medical treatment and care, including where you live, what medical treatment you recieve and who you can see.

 

Why is a Lasting Power of Attorney so important?

A Lasting Power of Attorney can give you piece of mind that there is someone you trust looking after your affairs if you should become unable to do so yourself, due to illness, old age or an accident for example.

It can allow your appointed Attorney to make decisions and deal with your health, welfare, property and finances in a way that reflects your particular wishes, so you know the things that matter most to you will be taken care of.

Without a Lasting Power of Attorney in place there is no one with legal authority to look after you and your affairs, such as choosing medical treatment, accessing bank accounts and looking after your property and estate. Many people assume that this automcatically falls to their spouse, partner or children, however in reality this simply is not the case, and for them to obtain legal authority over you would be a longer, more involved and ultimately more costly process.

 

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What choose Tozers?

We care

We know that thinking about these matters can be difficult, which is why we offer a sensitive and personal service. We take the time to get to know you, and the things that really matter to you, working with your from start to finish with your best ineterst at heart.

 

Expert team

We have a team of legal experts who specialise in later life planning and wealth management, a number of whom are members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) the Court of Protection Practitioners Association, the Agricultural Law Association, and other charities and organistions close to our hearts. As a firm we are also named as a Top Tier Law Firm in the Legal 500, including being top scoring for Client Service and Satisfaction.

 

Going above and beyond

Our approach revolves around staying one step ahead, and offering peace of mind knowing that every aspect has been considered and planned for. With offerings in other later life planning areas like Wills, trusts and tax, as well as dedicated teams for family law and estate management, we can help with every eventuality so you can rest easy,


How can you put in place a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney can only be put in place whilst you are capable of understanding the legal nature and effect of the document, and is best made with the help of a legal professional, as it is a legal document that involves a number of important decisions. Althought it is completely seperate to your Will, many people put an LPA in place at the same time as getting their Will written, as part of planning for the future. This is where working with a dedicated lawyer can really help as they can work with you to make sure all your legal documentation is in order, to really give you piece of mind.

To start the process of putting in place a Lasting Power of Attorney contact a member of our team who will be happy to advise you on the process as well as key areas including, preparing documentation, registering the LPA, and advising on Attorney powers and duties.

 

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Find out more

If you or a loved one wish to appoint a Power of Attorney, contact our expert team to arrange a call back. To find out more about Lasting Powers of Attorney, an Attorneys duties, how they have been affected by Covid, or anything else about later life planning, please see key links below.

What are my duties as an Attorney?     Can a Lasting Power of Attorney be witnesses remotely?

What's the difference between Enduring and Lasting Power of Attorney?     

Choosing the right Attorneys     Protecting your digital assets     

Latest changes to finance and property deputy roles     Can a deputy cease acting?     

Attorneys power to decide on Covid vaccination

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