Why do I need a Lasting Power of Attorney?


A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document where you appoint someone to act on your behalf when you are unable to do so.


If you are unable to make decisions for yourself due to mental or physical incapacity and do not have a Lasting Power of Attorney, the likely consequences are as follows:-
  • an application to the Court of Protection for a Deputyship Order will need to be made for someone to gain authority to take control of your affairs.
  • you have no control over who is appointed; this decision is made by the Court.
  • it can be expensive.
  • it can take a considerable length of time to resolve.
  • as a consequence, your loved ones may suffer financial hardship, inconvenience and/or stress.

The different types of Lasting Power of Attorneys


There are two types:


  • Health & Welfare - which deals with things such as medical and/or social needs; and
  • Property & Finances - which deals with your property and financial affairs.


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