Powers of Attorney & Court of Protection
Most people tend to think of Powers of Attorney (POA) in the context of someone losing the capacity to manage their affairs. That in itself is not incorrect, but they can be used in other circumstances and should be given consideration when planning for the future.
Lasting Powers of Attorney
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to nominate individuals you trust (called Attorneys) to make decisions on your behalf. They can be made in advance of you needing help in managing your affairs or in making decisions about your health and can take effect straight away or at some point in the future. To be effective they must be formally registered. There are two types of LPA:-
Property & Financial Affairs LPA
This provides your chosen Attorneys with legal authority to deal with and manage your financial affairs when the need arises. An LPA could be useful if you are going abroad or become physically or mentally incapacitated or simply want someone to manage your affairs. They can include such things as claiming pensions and allowances or operating bank accounts.
Health & Welfare LPA
Health & Welfare LPA allows your Attorney to make decisions regarding your personal welfare and any medical treatment you may need on your behalf. It is particularly useful if you are worried about your state of health or wish to nominate others to decide upon the type of treatment and care you receive in future in the event you are unable to make decisions yourself. Without this you have no control over the type of care and treatment you will receive if you become incapacitated.
Court of Protection Orders
Should someone close to you lose mental capacity and be unable to make a Lasting Power of Attorney we can assist you in making an application to the Court of Protection to be appointed as their deputy so that you can then manage their affairs.
We provide a professional Lasting Power of Attorney writing service offering you the expertise to ensure your wishes and plans are in place and protected for the future.
For more information please contact Fiona Mainwaring on 01952 525927 or via email.
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