Powers of Attorney
- Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)- for matters relating to property and affairs
- Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)- for matters relating to the person’s welfare
- Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA)- concerning only property and affairs (these have now been replaced by the LPA’s but any EPA made before 1st October 2007 remains valid.)
LPA for Health & Welfare
LPA for Property & Affairs
It is up to the Donor whom they want to appoint as attorney, how many they want and how they should act. However, if more than one attorney is appointed to deal with the same issue, then they must act jointly unless the power of attorney states they do not need to. The Donor can even appoint replacement attorneys.
LPA’s have to be made in a fixed legal way and are not legally recognised until they are registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. The Donor can register the LPA while they are able to make decisions for themselves. Alternatively, it can be registered by the attorney at any time in the future.
Enduring Power of Attorney
Once you have prepared a LPA it does not mean your Attorney will immediately take over your financial affairs – you can include restrictions in the document to state that the document cannot be used until and unless the Attorneys obtain medical evidence confirming you have lost mental capacity. If you decide to keep your LPA in our storage facility rest assured we will never release the LPA document to your Attorney without such medical evidence or your express authorisation.
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For further information please contact a member of our Wills & Probate team.