An LPA enables you to appoint someone you trust and know (usually a relative), to look after your affairs should you become unable to manage yourself due to a loss of “Mental Capacity”, for instance due to illness, injury or dementia.
There are 2 distinct Powers of Attorney, one for Property and Finance and one for Health and Welfare.
If you lose ‘mental capacity’ and do not have an LPA, your relatives must make an application to the Government’s Court of Protection in order to be appointed as a “Deputy”. Your loved ones will be examined to see if they are fit to run your affairs and if they deem that this is not the case, the Court can appoint someone independent who is not known to you.
This process is lengthy, expensive and intrusive.
By appointing us to assist with drawing up Powers of Attorney, we can advise on the following: