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Stay in Control of Your Life: Discover the Benefits of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
Have you ever thought about what would happen if you were suddenly unable to make important decisions for yourself due to an unexpected illness or accident? It’s a scary thought, but it’s important to be prepared for such situations.
According to a recent survey, four out of five adults in the UK do not have an LPA in place, leaving them vulnerable to potential legal and financial complications in the event of incapacity.
Without an LPA, your loved ones may face the stress and uncertainty of navigating the complex legal system to make decisions for you. Creating an LPA can help give you peace of mind and ensure that your affairs are managed according to your wishes.
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At the Right Will, you no longer have to deal with the stress of setting up an LPA. Our team will help you handle all the necessary paperwork and administrative tasks. This allows you to focus on your daily life, safe in the knowledge that your LPA is being set up accurately and in compliance with all legal requirements.
“Plan Ahead Now For A Time When You May Not Have The Mental Capacity To Make Financial Decisions”
What Is an LPA?
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows an individual to appoint someone to make decisions on their behalf, should they lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves.
It is a powerful tool that can give you peace of mind and the assurance that your wishes will be respected, even if you are unable to communicate them yourself.
There are two types of LPAs in England:
Property and Financial Affairs LPA
This type of LPA allows you to appoint someone to manage your financial affairs, such as paying bills, managing your bank account, and selling your property.
Health and Welfare LPA
This LPA allows you to appoint someone to make decisions about your health and personal welfare, such as where you live, what medical treatment you receive, and other related matters.
Both types of LPAs are powerful tools that can help you stay in control of your life and ensure that your wishes are respected. However, it is important to note that you can choose to create either type of LPA, or both, depending on your needs and circumstances.
How to Create a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
Are you ready to take control of your life and ensure that your values are reflected in your Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)? Follow these simple steps to craft your LPA:
Choose Your Attorney
Think about your close ones – your friends, family members, and trusted advisors. Who would make a great advocate for your values and interests? It’s important to choose wisely, as your attorneys will be making decisions for you in case you’re unable to. Don’t worry, though, we’ll help you consider all the pros and cons to help make informed choices.
One important tip is to consider appointing multiple attorneys to avoid potential problems if one attorney is unavailable. And remember, trustworthiness and the ability to act in your best interest are essential factors to consider when selecting your attorneys.
Define Roles and Jurisdiction of Each Attorney
The next step, after choosing your attorneys, is to define the types of decisions you want them to make and how you want them to be made. This involves deciding which assets to exclude from disposal, and whether decisions can be taken by a single attorney or must be made jointly.
Submit Your Application
Once the forms have been completed, they must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian(OPG), which will process and then issue the power of attorney.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Difference Between a Power of Attorney and a Lasting Power of Attorney?
When you no longer have the mental capacity to make your own decisions, an ordinary power of attorney becomes invalid. A lasting power of attorney, however, can make decisions on your behalf in the event that you lose the mental capacity to do so.
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.
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 Your LPA Services in Warwick
A picturesque market town located in Warwickshire, Warwick is known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and charming atmosphere.
Our friendly and professional team is located close to Warwick, and we’re here to help you navigate the process of making your Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).
With years of experience in Estate Planning and Will writing, we can guide you through the LPA creation process and answer any questions you may have. Book an appointment with us today.