Why do I need an LPA?
LPAs aren’t just a way to plan for the future if you lose mental capacity through dementia. Other people create LPAs in case a severe accident, or illnesses such as a stroke, heart attack or cancer, leave them dependent on others to help with crucial decisions.
Parents with children also make an LPA to ensure their offspring are looked after in the way they want in case they can’t look after them themselves.
Types of LPA
There are two different types of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) – a health and welfare LPA and a property and financial affairs LPA
A health and welfare LPA gives your attorney the power to make decisions about your daily routine (washing, dressing, eating), medical care, moving into a care home and life-sustaining medical treatment. It can only be used if you're unable to make your own decisions.
A Property and Financial Affairs LPA is a legal document which gives another person or persons (known as your 'attorneys') the authority to make decisions on your behalf, like buying or selling property, making investments, paying your mortgage and bills, and giving people access to financial information about you
What is an Enduring POA?
What is an Enduring Power of Attorney? An EPA is a legal authority granted to one or more people (attorneys) by a mentally capable person to act on their behalf in property and financial matters should they lose mental capacity