What is a Lasting Power of Attorney? - LCS Legal Dawlish

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You never know what is around the corner, so it is important to get your affairs in order.

Lasting Power of Attorney FAQs

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that gives another adult the legal authority to make certain decisions for you, should you become unable to make them for yourself.

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Many people will eventually reach a point where they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. This is known as lacking "mental capacity". When this happens, someone else must make decisions on their behalf.

If you do not have an LPA in place and become mentally incapacitated, relatives may face long delays and expense in applying to the Court of Protection to be able to manage your affairs for you.

Now ... but definitely whilst you still have mental capacity. Firstly, if you lost mental capacity you will not be able to make an LPA. Secondly, it takes several weeks for an LPA to be registered as it cannot be used until it has been registered.

You should choose someone you know well who has a good record of being responsible with their own finances, and who you trust to make the best decisions for you.

Some people think that if they have their bank accounts in joint names then they will not need an LPA. Sadly, this is not the case as banks often freeze joint accounts when one of the account holders becomes incapacitated.

A Lasting Power of Attorney is not just for older people. Mental and physical incapacity can hit at any time.

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