Lasting Power of Attorney Solicitors

A LPA is a document which allows you to appoint one or more individuals to deal with your affairs in the event that you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself.

Our team of experienced solicitors can provide you with unrivalled legal advice and guidance for preparing and registering a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).

There are two types of LPA; one for property and financial affairs decisions and one that deals with health and welfare decisions.

Why do I need a LPA?
  • A property and financial affairs LPA is the only way to ensure that you retain control of matters, as it means that you decide who will act for you.  Your appointed attorney/s will be able to deal with  your property and financial affairs under your instructions whilst you have capacity and also when you can no longer make decisions yourself..
  • A health and welfare LPA is a separate document that can allow you to appoint a person or persons who you trust to make decisions on your behalf about your medical care and physical wellbeing when you are no longer able to make those decisions yourself..

LPA’s can only be prepared whilst you are well enough to understand the documents and therefore need to be planned and put in place before they are actually needed.

If you  become unwell and unable to make such decisions and  you do not have either document in place the Court will decide who will make decisions for you. It could potentially mean someone is appointed to deal with your affairs whom you would not have chosen or lead to decision made on your behalf that you would not have made yourself.

When do I need to put a LPA in place?

The sooner you put a LPA in place, the better.

LPA’s  can only be made whilst you  have the mental capacity to do so, therefore you should consider taking the action to prepare the document before you will actually need it. It is not possible to create a LPA after you have lost your mental capacity.

If an individual becomes unable to handle their own affairs and does not have an LPA in place, it is possible for the individual’s family to make an application to the Court of Protection. The court will then appoint a deputy to manage their property and financial affairs.

Why choose Trethowans?

Our Private Client Team are recommended in the Legal 500 2022 UK Guide.

“I do want to express my gratitude to you for your kindness and understanding you showed to me when I came to see you. Our conversation was such a comfort to me and as a result I came away with great peace in my mind, and I felt absolutely satisfied in what I have decided in the situation.”

The Private Client team has specialist lawyers who can advise and support you in all matters concerning LPA’s.  We have offices located across the South in Bournemouth, Poole, Salisbury, Southampton and Winchester.

To arrange a consultation with one of our specialist lasting power of attorney lawyers, don’t hesitate to get in touch on  0800 2800 421.

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