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Lasting Power of Attorney

Making decisions for a loved one who can no longer deal with their own affairs

Lasting Powers of attorney during Coronavirus Pandemic.

We continue to provide an expert power of attorney service. This is not affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

A lasting power of attorney is an important document to let other people make decisions on your behalf if you don’t have mental capacity to make a decision or can’t express your wishes.

Health LPAs can cover all aspects of health and welfare from life sustaining treatment (such as ventilation or major operations) to more routine care matters such as where you live or how you are cared for.

Financial LPAs allow someone to manage your money, business or property while you are alive, but if you can’t deal with it yourself.

A lot of people are concerned that they can’t get legal help during the coronavirus pandemic but our power of attorney service is running as usual using video calls, phone and email to help you, instead of face to face meetings.

If you have an immediate need for a power of attorney please get in touch to discuss your concerns. Lasting Powers of Attorney can take time to set up as they have to be registered before they can be used, but there are other ways we can help support your health or financial decisions.

We want to work with you to make sure you have the protection and assistance you need, despite the restrictions caused by Covid-19.

We believe everyone should take steps to plan ahead in case dementia, illness or injury stops you from making decisions.

By making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), you can allow people you trust to make decisions on your behalf if you are not able to.

Whatever the reason you want to organise your affairs in this way, we are here to help. We have vast experience in this area and can offer you clear, straightforward advice on the best way forward for you.

Our friendly, understanding professional lawyers will talk you through the two types of LPA:

  • Property and Finance
  • Health and Welfare

 

You do not have to make both types of LPA and we will explain how you can appoint different people to make different types of decisions. You may want your family to make health and welfare decisions but your solicitor, business partner or accountant to be an attorney for your property and financial affairs. You can appoint more than one attorney, and even substitute attorneys who can act if your original attorneys die or are unable to act.

Whatever your decision, we’ll advise you on including informal guidance to let your attorneys know your wishes, plus making legally binding restrictions on the actions they can take. A health and welfare LPA can empower your attorneys to give or refuse consent to life sustaining treatment, which could include artificial nutrition and hydration.

In short, we’ll go the extra mile for you, doing everything we can to help. Making sure the whole process is as easy and stress free as possible for you.

 

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