Will Provider are currently running an in depth series on Lasting Power of Attorneys and how it can be of benefit to you.
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Well put very simply if you were involved in an accident or had an illness which prevented you from taking action or making decisions, a Lasting Power of Attorney document which has been successfully registered would allow the people you have chosen to legally make decisions for you.
Depending on what authority you have given in the LPA, it could be simple things like:
With a registered Lasting Power of Attorney document you will have put in place legal powers for someone you chose to make decisions for you if you are unable to in the future.
Everyone over the age of 18 should, as part of their estate planning, have a Lasting Power of Attorney document. In reality most people in their 20’s and 30’s don’t even know that LPA’s exist and probably wouldn’t put one in place even if they did, but they should!
Everyone is at risk of injury or ill health and therefore everyone is at risk of losing their mental capacity at any stage of their lives, and with it the ability to make their own decisions.
The legal requirements to make a Lasting Power of Attorney can become quite complex.
Brief points:You must be aged 18 or over when you make a LPA
Okay, so this is the basics. There can be more complex issues around mental capacity and if there is any doubt then advice should be sought from a medical professional to clarify someone’s mental capacity.
Interestingly; having capacity to create a Lasting Power of Attorney is the same for making a last will and testament.
If capacity is lost and there is no LPA in place, any family or friends will have to apply to the Court of Protection for a Deputyship to make decisions on your behalf. This is a lengthier process and costs much more than registering an LPA. It will incur ongoing costs which an LPA does not.
It can never be certain that the Court of Protection will approve an application and they are particularly reluctant to approve a Deputyship for a person’s health and welfare. Even if a Deputyship is approved it becomes a process monitored by the court, taking away the ability to choose how care is given.
The Government provide a free unadvised option to make a Lasting Power of Attorney online, but you still have to pay to register each document at a cost of £82 with the Office of Public Guardian.
So if you feel confident and understand the terminology as well as the process and you require no advice in creating your own Lasting Power of Attorney document this might be an option for you.
Instructing a professional firm to create and register a Lasting Power of Attorney document is always going to be more expensive than doing it yourself, but it will provide the peace of mind that your Lasting Power of Attorney document will be completed correctly.
However if you do not feel completely comfortable or perhaps you would just prefer to call upon the experience of a proffessional firm who creates in Derby Lasting Power of Attorney documents such as ourselves.
Will Provider will be able to give advice, to discuss your needs, gather your instructions and create a personal Lasting Power of Attorney document.
We are also able to register the Lasting Power of Attorney Document on your behalf and liaise with the Office of the Public Guardian.