Lasting Powers of Attorney

What is a Lasting Powers of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document used when a person lacks the ability to make their own decisions or requires assitance with their financial affairs.

The LPA replaces the Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA). The LPA provides greater safeguards than those offered by the EPA if and  when  it is used.

Why make an LPA?

An LPA gives the person(s) you appoint and trust (known as your attorney) the power to make decisions on your behalf when you are no longer able to.

Unlike the old EPA’s, the new LPA’s need to be registered before they can be used.

The day may come when you would like someone to act on your behalf in making decisions on certain matters or even seeing to your day to day needs.

With a Lasting Power of Attorney you can give someone this power.

If you did lose your mental capacity and you did not have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place you will still need someone to deal with your finances and make decisions for you. That person will be a Court appointed Deputy and it may not be the person you would choose.

It is much more expensive and time consuming to have a Deputy appointed. The initial application fee is £400 and it can cost approximately  £500- £900 per year, sometimes more. This would be paid from your own money. 

How does it work

A Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to appoint someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf when you are no longer able to do so or to assist you if you are unable to do things yourself due to being physically incapable.

Our LPA services

Our qualified solicitors will sit and explain in a manner you understand the complicated legal jargon involved in the creation of these documents.

We offer a fixed fee for the preparation of the LPA and a fixed fee for registration of the LPA.

We also store the registered or non-registered LPA with your instructions to whom and in what circumstances the document should be released from our storage.