Lasting Power of Attorney

    Appointing a trusted individual with the legal authority to make decisions on your behalf can be an emotional and difficult process. At Simpson Wood we have an experienced team who can deal sensitively with all your lasting power of attorney enquiries and provide you with peace of mind. 

    A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a way of giving one person or a number of people the legal authority to make decisions on your behalf, should you lack mental capacity at some time in the future. 

    You must be over the age of 18 and have mental capacity (the ability to make your own decisions) when you make your LPA. 

    There are two types of LPA: property and financial affairs, and health and welfare. 

    Lasting power of attorney for property and financial affairs can be used while a person still has mental capacity, with their permission. An attorney can generally make decisions on things such as managing your bank account, investments, paying bills and selling your home  

    Lasting power of attorney for health and welfare covers decisions about health and care, and can only be used once a person has lost mental capacity. An attorney can make decisions on matters such as moving into a care home, medical care and life-sustaining treatment 

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    Attention to detail

    Our team has helped hundreds of people appoint lasting power of attorney, and we will make sure that every detail is taken care of. 

    Should you wish for friends or family members to be notified when an application is made to register your lasting power of attorney with the office of the public guardian, we can make sure they are informed. 

    One of our experienced professionals can also act as your certificate provider if you wish, but if you would rather appoint someone else who has known you for at least two years or has relevant skill or knowledge to be able to form a professional judgement about your understanding, we can help you to appoint them. 

    If you want to learn more about how we can help you to appoint lasting power of attorney, our team will be happy to discuss the details with you at an initial meeting where your needs can be properly explored.

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