What is a lasting power of attorney?

A very important legal document that gives a person or people you know and trust the power to help you make decisions or make decisions on your behalf. There are two types of lasting powers of attorney; a lasting power of attorney for financial decisions involving your money and property and a lasting power of attorney for health and care decisions dealing with your health and care.

Why do I need both types of lasting powers of attorney?

Having a lasting power of Attorney for financial decisions and lasting power of attorney for health and care decisions, ensures that you have control now to appoint someone you know and trust to make decisions on your behalf, should you be unable to do so in the future due to having an accident, a heart attack, a stroke, dementia or other illness.

What happens if I don’t have both types of lasting power of attorney?

If you don’t make a lasting power of attorney before you lose mental capacity, a family member or close friend will have to make an application to the Court of Protection to appoint a Deputy when you are unable to make your own decisions. This is a very stressful, costly and lengthy process.

 

Are you…

wanting to make a lasting power of attorney or check that you have both types?

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