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Take Control of Your Future: The Critical Role of a Lasting Power of Attorney
Have you ever considered what would happen if you were unable to make decisions for yourself? While it’s not a pleasant thought, it’s important to be prepared for unexpected events.
Creating a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is like having a safety net for your future. It allows you to designate someone you trust to make critical decisions on your behalf, ensuring your wishes are respected even if you’re unable to communicate them yourself.
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Recent studies indicate that the majority (78%) of UK adults, including those over 55, have not registered a Lasting Power of Attorney.
Here at The Right Will, we understand the importance of being proactive, and we’re here to help you join the small but growing minority who have taken this crucial step.
Our experienced team offers personalised guidance to help you create an LPA that fits your unique needs. We’ll handle the paperwork and guide you through the complicated registration process.
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What is An LPA?
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that empowers one or more people (called ‘attorneys’) to make decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so.
Types of LPA
There are two types of LPA in England: health and welfare LPA, and property and financial affairs LPA.
A health and welfare LPA covers welfare decisions from daily routines to medical treatments. It can only be used when the donor loses capacity.
A property and financial affairs LPA allows attorneys to manage investments, properties, and bank accounts of the donor. Unlike health and welfare LPA, it can be exercised with the donor’s consent, even if the donor still has mental capacity.
While both types of LPA can be assigned to the same person, donors can customise the powers according to their needs. They may choose to create one type of LPA or assign the roles to different individuals to better serve their interests.
Make Your Own Lasting Power of Attorney with This Four-Step Guide
To create a Lasting Power of Attorney that truly represents your beliefs, follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Choosing Your Attorney(s)
The first step is to choose your attorney(s). The trustworthiness of an individual and their ability to act in your best interest are essential factors to consider when selecting attorneys for your affairs.
Although many people select their friends, and family, it’s important to think about any problems that may arise, like joint property ownership, which could reduce their ability to make decisions.
Appointing multiple attorneys can help avoid such problems and ensure that decisions can still be made if one attorney is unavailable.
Step 3: Establishing Guidelines for Attorney(s)
After selecting your attorneys, you’d need to specify the nature of the decisions you want them to make and the criteria for making them. This entails establishing explicit guidelines, preferences, or limitations regarding particular decisions.
Step 1: Fill out the Application Forms
The next first step is to fill out the application forms and submit them to the Office of the Public Guardian. While this can be done online, it’s important to take the time to consider your options and seek professional advice.
Step 4: Making Your LPA Legally Binding
To give your decisions legal validity, it’s necessary to fill out a separate form informing two individuals about your plan to create an LPA. The completed application will subsequently be submitted to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), where it will be reviewed, processed, and ultimately granted as a lasting power of attorney.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Could Happen If I Don’t Create an LPA?
If you have not established an LPA before you become mentally incapacitated (through illness or accident), you will lose the ability to control who makes decisions on your behalf.
What If My Attorney Dies?
If your attorney dies before registration, you’d need to create a new LPA and appoint a different attorney. However, if it happens after registration and you didn’t designate any replacement attorneys in the form, your LPA would become void.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Lasting Power of Attorney in the UK?
If there are no errors in the application, registering a lasting power of attorney takes up to 20 weeks.
Can My Attorney Charge Money for Acting for Me?
There is no rule that says you have to pay your attorneys, but if you do, you can choose the rate of pay for each one individually. Attorneys can claim reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred when acting on your behalf.
Contact The Right Will for LPA Services in Marston Green
At The Right Will, we offer professional LPA services in Marston Green to help you create an LPA that aligns with your wishes and requirements. Contact us today to secure your future and protect your loved ones
Serving Marston Green Residents
Situated approximately 8 miles east of Birmingham City Centre, Marston Green is a small village with a strong sense of community.
The name “Marston” is derived from the Old English words “mǣre” (boundary) and “tūn” (settlement or enclosure), suggesting that the village was once a boundary settlement.
The village is known for its green spaces, including Elmdon Nature Park, which covers 42 acres and includes a nature reserve, picnic areas, and a children’s playground.