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Lasting Powers
of Attorney

In the event that you became unable to manage your own affairs due to loss of mental capacity caused by serious illness or injury, disability, stroke, dementia or any other reason, who would you want looking after your property, finances, health and welfare? Your family or loved ones that you trust and that love and know you, or Social Services?

Most people would want one or more loved ones to be able to make decisions, but without a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), they will not be able to do so until they apply to the court of protection, which is expensive, onerous, may take many months to come to a decision, and the outcomes are not guaranteed. In the meantime, Social Cervices and the courts will make these decisions for you.

A Lasting Power of Attorney needs to be set up in advance of you losing capacity, will cost possibly twenty times (or more) less than a court of protection application made after you have lost capacity, and will allow you to appoint those you love and trust to manage your affairs.

What is a
Lasting Power of Attorney?

There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney. One for property and financial affairs, and one for health and welfare. If you asked a financial consultant which was most important, they would say the property and financial affairs was crucial. If you asked a health care worker, they would be likely to say the health and welfare LPA was crucial. At Goodwills, we know that both are crucial.

Lasting Powers of Attorney are put in place in case you lose the capacity to make your own decisions. You can appoint an Attorney or Attorneys to act on your behalf if you become incapacitated. An attorney would be someone you know and trust.

You can decide what decisions an attorney or attorneys can make, and whether they can do this individually, or must make decisions together. You can decide what decisions they can make, and you can guide them in their decision making. You can appoint reserve attorneys should the original attorneys become unable to act. You can choose different attorneys for making health and welfare decisions, and property and financial decisions.

Who should have a
Lasting Power of Attorney?

Everyone! Anyone who wants decisions on their health and welfare and property and financials should they lose mental capacity, to be made by people they know and trust, rather than courts or local authorities.

A Lasting Power of Attorney is not just for the elderly. Anyone can lose capacity at any time, for example in an accident, or through illness.

Why should you have a
Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney will save your loved ones emotional stress compared to having to submit an application to the Court of Protection. If you lose capacity, it will mean that decisions can be made by those you know and love, reducing the disruption that this would cause to daily living. It will reduce the burden on loved ones at a difficult time. An LPA is legally binding, and therefore cannot be ignored. Having both LPA documents in place could save many thousands of pounds compared to family having to apply to the court of protection once you have lost capacity.

But what if you never need a
Lasting Power of Attorney?

You might have home insurance, car insurance or pet insurance but you might not ever need it, but you still have it because it can make a disaster more manageable. The same goes for Lasting Powers of Attorney. The price might be comparable too, but Lasting Powers of Attorney can be set up for a one off fee, and last a lifetime. This is one instance when it is definitely better to be safe than sorry, as the consequences of not having them in place and needing them can be very dire indeed.

What are the costs of arranging a
Lasting Power of Attorney?

For professional services, we charge £218 if you wish for either a Property and Financial Affairs LPA or a Health and Welfare LPA. Should you require both, the fee is £386. This covers the whole process from start to finish.

The Office of the Public Guardian charge £82 for each Lasting Power of Attorney that is registered, however this fee may be reduced or waived, depending on your income and whether you are in receipt of certain benefits.

What next?

You can continue to find out more information by browsing our website.

As a senior consultant for Goodwills Legal Services Ltd, I can provide you with advice, understand your circumstances, arrange for the forms to be completed on your behalf by our legal team, act as a witness and certificate provider, and our legal team can register the documents with the Office of the Public Guardian. We can also store these documents for safe keeping until they are required.

I can offer you a free consultation which I can do in the comfort of your own home, or via the telephone, you could complete our online questionnaire, or we can arrange a meeting at the Fairfield Enterprise Centre in Louth.

You have nothing to lose apart from a couple of hours of your time to see whether we are the right company and I am the right person to help you make your Will. Why not get in contact and arrange an appointment? I will be able to assess your circumstances, and explain what Goodwills can do to help ensure you have valid Lasting Powers of Attorney which meet your requirements.

I look forward to being able to help you get these matters resolved in a simple and straightforward manner.

Call me on 01507 707123, email goodwills@trustedoutcomes.co.uk or complete our online client questionnaire to get started.

Jon-Paul Edwards is an experienced Goodwills Senior Client Consultant. He lives local, is down to earth, speaks in plain English, and has strong family values.

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