A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a document that sets out who you would want to deal with your affairs if you are unable to do so yourself.
An LPA is extremely useful should you suffer sudden loss of mental capacity, or if you were to suffer a long-term illness such as Alzheimer's.
You never know what is around the corner or when you may be rendered unable to sign documents. Severe illness, deterioration of your health over time, dementia or even an accident can result in you being unable to manage your own affairs.
If you do not have an LPA and you lose your mental capacity, you will need a deputyship order. This is more expensive and could result in the wrong person becoming your deputy, for example an estranged child, a spouse you are separated from or even a professional person you have never met.
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There are different types of LPA which are responsible for handling various aspects of your affairs, these types of LPA are:
This LPA looks after the financial interests of the donor and can be used if they are still capable but have given their consent.
An LPA cannot be used unless it has been registered with the Office of the Public Guardian and registration can take around 12-13 weeks.
After this, the LPA for Property and Financial Affairs can only be used with consent from the donor or in the result of mental incapacity, it is not automatically used.
A donor will need someone to certify that they have the mental capacity to sign their LPA, and it needs to be signed before an independent witness. Attorneys also need to sign before a witness and the LPA will not be valid until both parties have signed.
Another person will also be named in an LPA who is told when it has been registered to ensure that the donor is happy for it to be and that an imposter is not trying to register in the place of the attorneys.
To avoid complexity, it is advisable that you choose no more than four attorneys as only four people can be appointed as trustees of property.
As the role of an attorney is a very personal one with a lot of responsibility, a close family member is a good choice, but if this is not possible then you may wish to consider a close and trusted friend or even a professional advisor such as a solicitor, or perhaps even a combination.
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