Why do you need a Lasting Power of Attorney (known as an LPA)?
What is an LPA?
A power of attorney is a legal document that allows someone to make decisions for you, or act on your behalf, if you are no longer able to or if you no longer want to make your own decisions. Being a spouse or blood-related family member does not entitle you to make decisions for your relative.
By writing an LPA you are creating a ‘legal relationship’ in which you are the principal (called the Donor in the LPA document) and the person(s) you appoint is/are the attorney(s). A Power of Attorney specifies the powers you give to your attorneys.
Why do I need an LPA at my age?
There are a number of reasons why you might need someone to make decisions for you or act on your behalf:
This could just be a temporary situation: for example, if you are in hospital and need help with everyday things such as making sure bills are paid.
Alternatively, you may need to make longer-term plans if, for example, you have been diagnosed with dementia and you may lose the mental capacity to make your own decisions in the future.
End your lasting power of attorney
You can end your lasting power of attorney (LPA) yourself or you may want to change your Attorneys – if you have mental capacity to make that decision this is possible and painless.
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