A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf.

This gives you more control over what happens to you if you have an accident or an illness and cannot make your own decisions (you ‘lack mental capacity’).

How We Work

Our solicitors advise on both types of LPA; the Property and Affairs LPA and the Health and Welfare LPA. Often this will be as part of a comprehensive Estate planning strategy. Remember, you will be:

Deciding what decisions you want someone else to make for you should you lose capacity to make them yourself.

Choosing someone to take those decisions.

Deciding how those decisions will be made.

Making restrictions on the decisions that can be made on your behalf.

Our solicitors can deal with the registration for you.

We Will store your Lasting Power of Attorney free of charge until such time as you may need.

You can revoke your Lasting Power of Attorney at any time whilst you still have mental capacity.

So, this is not simply a form filling exercise. We go to great lengths to explain the significance of the LPA and to ensure you understand the full extent of what you are agreeing to. Often we will seek confirmation from your doctor that you are medically able to enter into an LPA.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Types of Lasting Power of Attorney

There are 2 types of Lasting Powers of Attorney:

Health and Welfare

Use this LPA to give an attorney the power to make decisions about things like:

  • your daily routine, for example washing, dressing, eating
  • medical care
  • moving into a care home
  • life-sustaining treatment

Property and Financial Affairs

Use this LPA to give an attorney the power to make decisions about money and property for you, for example:

  • managing a bank or building society account
  • paying bills
  • collecting benefits or a pension
  • selling your home

You can choose to make one type or both.

The Myth

There is a common myth about Lasting Powers of Attorney that you only really need to consider them if you are elderly or have concerns about your health. In fact, we encourage all our clients to consider appointing someone to manage their affairs and take decisions about their health before it is too late. Why?

  • In life the unexpected happens. If you become ill or have a serious accident, you may not be able to take decisions for yourself. Those around you will have to deal, not just with the emotional fallout of what has happened to you, but to manage your affairs, they will have to instigate the cumbersome and expensive Court of Protection process.
  • LPAs are only effective after they have been registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. This can take up to three months – a period of time in which you or a loved one may deteriorate to an extent that may render any LPA ineffective. We therefore recommend applying to register the document immediately, even if you do not intent your attorneys to use it straightaway.
LPA's – Preventing Fraud

LPA’s are not just a bureaucratic measure. They were introduced in 2007 to prevent fraud. They provide invaluable reassurance that your property and affairs will be managed by someone you trust and that decisions about your medical care will always be in accordance with your wishes.

Fixed Fees for Lasting Powers of Attorney

One Lasting Power of Attorney (i.e. just Property OR Health)
£500 plus VAT*
Two Lasting Powers of Attorney (i.e. both Property AND Health)
£750 plus VAT*

*In addition, for all Lasting Powers of Attorney, there is a registration fee payable to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) of £82 (no VAT) per document.

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