Lasting Power of Attorney


A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows an individual (known as the "donor") in the United Kingdom to appoint someone they trust (known as the "attorney") to make decisions on their behalf, should they become unable to make those decisions themselves. It is an essential tool for managing personal, financial, and health-related matters when a person lacks mental capacity or is unable to communicate their wishes effectively.


Creating a Lasting Power of Attorney involves several important steps:

1. Choose your attorney: Select someone you trust implicitly.

2. Decide on the type of LPA.

3. Complete the relevant forms.

4. Notify relevant parties: Inform your chosen attorney about their appointment and discuss your wishes with them.

5. Obtain witness signatures.

6. Register your LPA: To make your LPA legally effective, you must register it with the Office of the Public Guardian.


A Lasting Power of Attorney can be used when the donor lacks mental capacity to make decisions or communicate their wishes effectively. This situation may arise due to conditions such as dementia, a severe illness, or an accident that causes mental impairment. The attorney can then step in and act in the donor's best interests, making decisions related to finances, property, health, and welfare.


While it is possible to create a Lasting Power of Attorney on your own, it is recommended to seek professional advice to ensure the document meets all legal requirements and reflects your wishes accurately. Consulting the professional members of our team can provide you with the necessary guidance, ensure the proper execution of the LPA, and help avoid potential complications in the future.

Remember, an LPA is a significant legal document that grants extensive powers to your attorney, so it is crucial to understand the implications and make informed decisions. Professional advice can provide you with the necessary peace of mind and confidence in your choices.

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