Lasting Power of Attorney

  • What is a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?

    An LPA is a legal document that enables you to appoint one or more persons to manage your personal affairs, financial affairs, property, and health and welfare. A financial and property affairs LPA can be immediately effective once it has been registered with the Office of the Public Guardian should you simply wish to hand over the management of your affairs to another person. On the other hand, the LPA can be retained and only registered with the Office of the Public Guardian if you have lost the mental capacity to deal with your own affairs.

    In all cases, the LPA must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before it becomes valid to use. We can do all this in the proper format, properly executed for you.

    The advantages of having an LPA are:

    • You chose your attorney(s). If you lose the capacity to manage your own affairs and have not made an LPA then someone not chosen by you may make an application to be appointed as your deputy but this is a lengthy and costly procedure.
    • It is much cheaper and quicker to register an LPA than to make an application to the Court of Protection to be appointed as your deputy after you have lost capacity.
    • You can make your property and financial affairs LPA effective immediately if you wish to do so.