The Office of the Public Guardian has recently launched a campaign to try to persuade more people to have Lasting Powers Attorney (LPA).
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal tool that allows you to state who you would like to make decisions on your behalf, should you become unable to do so in the future. It lets you choose a person (or people) you trust to act for you. This person is referred to as your attorney. There are two different types of LPA: property and affairs LPA and health and welfare LPA. Each type covers different decisions and there are separate application forms for each. You can choose to make both types, or just one. You can have the same attorney for both, or you can have different attorneys.
There are a number of reasons you may wish to make an LPA. It can be reassuring to know that, if you are unable to make a decision for yourself in the future, your chosen person will make these decisions for you. Making an LPA ensures that the person you want to make decisions for you will be able to do so. This prevents a stranger, or someone you may not trust, from having this power. An LPA can reduce problems that may occur in the future. It can be more expensive and time-consuming for family or friends to try to gain a similar power in the future if you lose capacity before granting an LPA .
To make an LPA you will need to complete an LPA form. There are separate forms for the two different types of LPA. You can choose to fill in a paper form yourself, and deal with signing and registration. Alternatively, Muxloe Wills can carry out all of the work involved in granting both types of LPA and advise you on the purpose and effect as well the benefits of granting the power. You may wish to put instructions for your attorneys or to express preferences about how they use the LPA.
The form must be registered at the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) before it can be used. There is a fee for registering each LPA, so if you are registering a property and affairs LPA and a health and welfare LPA, you will have to pay twice. You may be exempt from having to pay the fee if you cannot afford it.
The OPG website has further information but if you would like to discuss making a Lasting Power of Attorney with Muxloe Wills, please call David Boon on 0116 239 2409.