Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
In the UK, a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so. There are two types of LPAs: one for property and financial affairs, and one for health and welfare.
A property and financial affairs LPA gives your attorney the authority to manage your financial affairs, including paying bills, collecting benefits and pensions, and selling your property. A health and welfare LPA gives your attorney the authority to make decisions about your healthcare and personal welfare, including where you live, what medical treatment you receive, and your daily routine.
To create an LPA, you must be over the age of 18 and have the mental capacity to understand the nature and effect of the document. The LPA must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used.
LPAs can be an important part of estate planning and can help ensure that your wishes are carried out if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. It is important to choose your attorneys carefully and to discuss your wishes with them before creating an LPA.