What is a Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”)

Should you become incapable, or just no longer wish to deal with making certain decisions yourself, a Lasting Power of Attorney could be the best course of action.

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a way of giving one or more person(s) that you trust to be your attorney. This provides them with the legal authority to make important decisions on your behalf.

Loosemores can assist with both types of Lasting Power of Attorney

Health and Welfare – This allows your trusted attorney(s) to make decisions that relate to your health and personal welfare. This includes decisions regarding your treatment, care, where you should live and more.

Property and Affairs – This allows your attorney(s) to make decisions that relate to your financial and property affairs. This includes ensuring bills are paid on time and collecting benefits. It also includes having the authority to sell a property on your behalf, should you require the funds from the sale for the cost of treatment, care or other reasons.

Your attorneys can only make such decisions if you lack capacity to make them yourself, or if you decide it’s in your best interests to let them take control.

Putting your trust in somebody to manage your affairs can be daunting. Our specialist lawyers will be at your side to provide practical advice, guiding you through each step of the process.

The importance of making a Lasting Power of Attorney can often be overlooked. Please be aware that without an LPA in place, it becomes increasingly more difficult to be granted legal authority by the court to make decisions regarding a loved one’s welfare or finances.

We appreciate the sensitive nature of dealing with these arrangements. We invite you to contact Maria Cosslett today for an informal chat regarding the importance of having a Lasting Power of Attorney and the next steps you should take.

For your own peace of mind, please don’t leave it too late to put these precautions in place.

As with all of our services, you can expect professional and practical advice with a personal touch. Maria Cosslett can also offer home visits when appropriate.

For further information please contact Maria Cosslett on 029 2080 3116 or email cosslettme@loosemores.co.uk.

Mrs Cosslett is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, a Member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP) and Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).