A lasting power of attorney is a legal document that we can assist you in producing, that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint people (known as ‘attorneys’) to make decisions on your behalf. Power of Attorney is mainly used when you no longer have capacity to make your own decisions.
There are 2 types of lasting power of attorney:
- Health and Welfare
- Property and Financial Affairs
You can choose to make one type or both. Donors must be 18 or over and have mental capacity – Have the ability to make your own decisions when you make your lasting power of attorney. However you may need a court-appointed deputy instead if you’re not able to make your own decisions.
Health and Welfare
This allows you to choose 1 person or more to make decisions about things like:
- your daily routine (eg eating and what to wear)
- medical care
- moving into a care home
- life-sustaining treatment
You attorney can use the health and wellbeing power in the instance you lose capacity.
Property and Financial Affairs
This lets you choose 1 person or more to make decisions about money and property for you, eg:
- paying bills
- collecting benefits
- selling your home
This type of lasting power can be used as soon as it’s registered, with your permission.
At Will Trust and Protect we will advise you on what best suits your needs, and manage the process of creating, and registering your lasting power of Attorney. To arrange a consultation with one of our experienced advisors call 01582 249 249/ 07459 416667.
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