Lasting Power Of Attorney – Health and Welfare
The most important document that no-one knows they need – This is a document that is often overlooked but absolutely essential to have in place. Lasting Power of Attorney Health and Welfare gives the people you trust (your attorneys) the right to make decisions about where you should live if you lose the mental capacity to decide. Whether it would be best for you to live at home with support or to live in a specialist facility. It allows them to make decisions about the medication you take and even to make decisions about end of life treatment if you are unable to do so yourself. What could be more important?
Without LPA Health and Welfare all of these decisions fall to the State. The Local Authority are able to place an individual in care without the agreement of their family. They can administer medicines and treatment against the wishes of the family so long as they feel it is the best interests of the patient.
Sadly there is no process of appeal that the family can access to gain LPA H&W once you have lost mental capacity. Once in care many decisions regarding the day to day care of the resident will be delegated to the Care Home Manager not the relatives.
Most find all of this very unfair but it is the mechanism that the state employs to ensure the protection of the vulnerable adult who has not registered their wishes in advance of losing their mental capacity.
Writing your Lasting Powers of Attorney as soon as you can is the only way to make sure that you and your loved-ones never find yourselves in this position. (a discount is available for 3 or more clients taking out LPA’s during the same appointment).
Wales and Northwest Legal Services make it simple and it won’t break the bank!
Lasting Power Of Attorney – Property and Affairs
LPA Property and Affairs is the document that allows you to name trusted individuals (your attorneys) to deal with your finances and property on your behalf for your benefit when you are unable to do so yourself.
Having LPA P&A in place means that they can speak to all of your Utilities, Local Authority, Banks and pay for any additional care required. It even means that should your home no longer suit your physical needs they can sell it to purchase say a bungalow or ground-floor apartment.
In the event that we lost our mental capacity (due to a sudden head injury or stroke for example) most of us would want a particular person or a small number of trusted friends or family members to take over our affairs.
Most people work on the assumption that because they have someone close to them, a spouse, their children, a friend etc. who they trust and know they can rely upon, these powers would automatically pass to them. That somehow their loved-ones would automatically have the right to deal with their financial affairs on their behalf. Unfortunately this is not the case.
Without a LPA Property and Affairs the Court of Protection assumes control of the estate of the Vulnerable Adult in order to protect them financially. Obviously this is a disaster for the people around them who need access to their money to be able to pay for their day to day costs on their behalf.
Four out of five adults in the UK do not have a Lasting Power of Attorney! Once the Court of Protection are involved your loved ones will have to apply for a Deputyship Order which is often a lengthy process generating significant expense. They cannot apply for a lasting power of attorney if you do not have the capacity to give your consent.
Writing your Lasting Powers of Attorney as soon as you can is the only way to make sure that you and your loved-ones never find yourselves in this position. Wales and Northwest Legal Services make it simple and it won’t break the bank! (a discount is available for 3 or more clients taking out LPA’s during the same appointment).
Reach out to us today and we’ll be happy to assist you in putting these essential documents in place.