What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows someone (the donor) to appoint one or more people (attorneys) to make decisions on their behalf, in case they become unwell and unable to do so themselves due to mental or physical incapacity. There are two types of LPA:
2 types of LPA:
1. Property and financial affairs LPA: This allows the attorney to manage the donor’s financial affairs, such as paying bills, collecting benefits, and selling or renting out property.
2. Health and welfare LPA: This allows the attorney to make decisions about the donor’s health and welfare, such as where they live, what medical treatment they receive, and what kind of social activities they engage in.
An LPA ensures that the donor’s wishes are respected and that important decisions are made by someone they trust. It can be useful in situations where the donor is no longer able to make decisions due to dementia, a stroke, or other conditions that affect their mental capacity. It can also provide peace of mind for family members, who may otherwise have to apply to the Court of Protection to make decisions on the donor’s behalf.