lasting powers of attorney

It can be comforting to know you have a document in place in case you have an accident, illness or condition that prevents you from handling your own affairs. You can choose who will look after your interests in the knowledge they will act in the way you would wish. You might never use your LPA but it is good to have it 'just in case'.

Choosing your attorney

You can choose one or more people, over the age of 18, to be your attorney, for example your children, spouse or close friend.

They should be people you feel able to trust to make decisions on your behalf that reflect how you would make them if you were able.

Couple receiving Lasting Power of Attorney advice

There are 2 types of LPA: You can choose to make one type or both.

1 Health and welfare lasting power of attorney

Use this LPA for your attorney to make decisions such as:

* how you manage your daily routine, for example washing, dressing, what you will eat and what you will do each day

* making decisions regarding your medical care,

* if the time comes, arranging your move into a care home

* should it occur, following your wishes concerning life-sustaining treatment or when treatment should stop This LPA can only be used when you are no longer able to make your own decisions and need your attorney’s input.



2 Property and financial affairs lasting power of attorney

Use this LPA for your attorney to make decisions such as:

* handling your bank or building society account

* making sure your bills are paid

* overseeing your benefits or pension

* handling the sale of your home if or when it is time to move somewhere more suitable This LPA can be used as soon as it’s registered, but it can only be used with your permission whilst you are able to make your own decisions.