A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to appoint someone, known as your attorney, to make decisions on your behalf.
If you reach a point where you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself, your attorney manages your finances for you
Attorneys can also make decisions relating to your health and welfare.
A property and affairs LPA covers decisions about your finances and property.
Amongst other tasks, your Attorney can pay your bills, collect your pension and benefits, sell and buy property for you, deal with your bank and any tax matters.
A health and welfare LPA covers decisions about your health and welfare.
Your Attorney can make decisions about where you live, day-to-day care including your diet, what you wear and what medical treatment you receive.
If you wish your attorney can have the power to decide when medical treatment is to be withdrawn.
Your Attorney would need to be consulted by Social Services and the NHS about any proposals and treatment involving you.
Fact: A friend of ours had a serious illness. She had told her husband she didn’t want to die in hospital but wanted to stay at home and not to be resuscitated. She collapsed one night, the ambulance crew wanted to take her to hospital. Her husband explained her wishes. After a call to the hospital the ambulance crew informed the husband that they had a duty to take her to hospital and without a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health & Welfare he had no rights to make decisions for her. They took her to hospital where she died several hours later.
MAKE YOUR LPA WITH COMPLETE WILLS
Reassurance, that trusted persons chosen by you will make decisions for you at times when you can’t?
To prevent a stranger from making decisions for you?
A Friendly, empathetic, and professional service at fixed rate fees?
An Easy to understand process handled by experienced staff?
To shield your family from the stress and expense of court applications if there is no LPA?
Then Complete Wills can provide the answer with LPAs.
We will draft, certify and register your LPA with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) so you have the Peace of Mind that the matter is dealt with