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Lasting Powers of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to appoint someone that you trust as an ‘Attorney’ to make decisions about your health, welfare, money or property on your behalf.

Attorneys can make decisions for you when you no longer wish to or when you lack the mental capacity to do so (decisions about your health and welfare can only be made after you have lost capacity).

Why make a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney can help you plan how your health and wellbeing or financial affairs will be looked after when you become unable to do so and choose the people who will make these decisions. This ensures decisions are made by individuals you trust reducing the cost, time and upset for all those involved.

Attorneys

You can choose one or more individuals to be an attorney e.g. family members, partners, business associates or close friends and can decide whether your Attorneys are to act on their own or if they must always act together. You can even appoint replacement Attorneys should your first named Attorneys not be able to act in the future.

What would the Attorneys do?

Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney:

  • Make decisions about investing your assets and money
  • Pay your bills and manage your bank accounts
  • Deal with the receipt of your pension
  • Sell your property on your behalf and invest the sale proceeds

Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney:

  • Make decisions about giving or refusing consent to particular
    types of healthcare
  • Decide if you should continue to live in your own home or if
    residential care would be a better option
  • Make decisions about your diet and day-to-day routine
  • Make decisions about ‘life sustaining treatment’

If you are interested in understanding how our team can help you please contact us on 01274 306 000.

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