Lasting Power of Attorney – What is it?

Lasting Power of Attorney

If you are planning for later life a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that enables you (the ‘donor’) to designate a person or people (‘attorneys’) you trust to a make decisions on your behalf.

An LPA normally comes into use if you no longer have the mental capacity to make decisions for yourself.

What is mental capacity?

‘Mental capacity’ means the ability to make a decision. Someone with mental capacity has an understanding of why a decision needs to be made and the consequences of making it.

In some situations you may have the capacity to make some decisions but not others.

More information about mental capacity is provided on the Government website.

With an LPA you can control decisions that may affect you in the future, even if at a later date you do not have the mental capacity to make them.

An LPA allows you to plan and choose:

  • what decisions you want to be made on your behalf
  • who will make those decisions
  • how you want them to make those decisions

Our experienced Wills, Probate & Later Life Planning will be more than happy to discuss how LPAs work. Just call 01535 662644.

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