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Lasting Power of Attorney

Prior to 2007, if you wanted help with your affairs, you had to register an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA).

An EPA enables nominated persons (Attorneys) to deal with your affairs on your behalf but only after you have lost mental capacity and is a coverall with no separation of Financial and Health matters.

When the EPA was replaced by the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) there were two main differences:

EPAs registered before1st October 2007 are still valid but as such are being phased out and replaced by the LPA to give the Donor more flexibility and control.

WHAT IS A LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to nominate others (Attorneys) to take care of you and your finances if you become unable to do so yourself.

There are two types of LPA: 

An LPA ensures that, should you be unable to manage your own affairs, the people you have appointed can manage your affairs on your behalf. This can save a great deal of money and distress, and will ensure that, as a vulnerable person, your affairs will be handled correctly and quickly.

LPAS ALLOW YOU TO CHOOSE PEOPLE TO LOOK AFTER YOUR AFFAIRS IF YOU:

You can make one or both types of LPA. You should make an LPA while you have mental capacity.

Your chosen Attorneys can look after your affairs whilst you still have mental or physical capacity but only with your permission and instruction.

RISKS OF NOT HAVING AN LPA

If you lose mental capacity without an LPA in place, your family must apply to the Court of Protection to have a deputy appointed to deal with everyday financial matters. This is a lengthy, expensive and stressful process, costing thousands of pounds.

With an LPA already in place, this would not be necessary.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

At Heritage Will Writing Services in Weymouth and Dorchester, Dorset, our Specialist Advisor and Certificate Provider will compile your LPAs and register all documents with the Office of the Public Guardian.

If you already have an Enduring Power of Attorney, now is the time to upgrade to a Lasting Power of Attorney so that you can teach your Attorneys how to deal with your affairs your way.

Please contact us to make an appointment.