Power of Attorney – Blog
28th June 2021
What is Power of Attorney?
A lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document. It allows someone you have selected in advance, to make decisions about your health care or finances, if you were unable to make decisions for yourself. You can apply for LPA for (1) Health and Welfare or (2) Property and Financial Affairs or (3) both.
How will it help me?
Having this legal document means the person you have selected can take over on your behalf, and ensure your wishes and instructions are adhered to when you are unable to do this yourself. Once someone has lost mental capacity it is far more difficult for the families to sort out their affairs if there is no LPA in place.
How do I get it?
You can apply for on the gov.uk/power-of attorney website. You do not need a to have a solicitor but in complicated cases this may be advisable. Once you have completed the LPA forms you must register the forms with the Office of The Public Guardian. There is a cost involved in doing this.
If you would like support in completing the forms The Carers Service offers an information and form filling service. For full information on our LPA service please click on the link below.
You can also get advice on LPA from the organisations below: