Are you worried about what will happen to you if you can no longer make decisions for yourself? Do you have someone in mind that you’d trust to make important choices on your behalf? One day you may have to accept the harsh reality that you could lose mental and physical capacity. If this does happen you’ll want someone who you can trust to act in your best interest.
Would you like help appointing Power of Attorney? Bendles has been helping the people of Carlisle with these matters for over 200 years. Get in touch today to arrange a legal consultation. We’ll help you assign Power of Attorney to best protect your interests. Give us a call on 01228 522215 to arrange a consultation now.
One day you may have to accept that you’ll no longer have the ability to manage your own affairs.
If you don’t arrange a Power of Attorney normally a family member will apply to the Court of Protection to become your deputy. This gives them the ability to legally manage your financial affairs. However, this process can take longer and cost more.
But, if you plan ahead, you’ll save you and your attorney time, stress and money.
Setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney is quick and easy. If you should lose capacity, the LPA is already registered and the attorney can act immediately. With an LPA you get to choose specifically who you want to have control so you can guarantee your wishes will be honoured. We’ll also help you put restrictions in place on your LPA. If you want extra reassurance you can also set up joint Power of Attorney.
Types of LPA
There are two different types of Lasting Power of Attorney.
Financial LPA can be used while you still have mental capacity. It allows the attorney to make decisions including:
- Purchase and sale of property
- Mortgage payments
- Bill payments
- Property repairs
You’re also able to set up LPA for Health and Care decisions. A Health and Welfare LPA can only be used once you lack mental capacity.
A Health and Care LPA grants the attorney power to make the following kinds of decision:
- Where you should live
- Medical care
- Consent or refusal for life sustaining treatment
You can only set up an LPA (formerly Enduring Power of Attorney) while you still have mental capacity. If you or a family member tries to do so when it’s too late, it won't be valid. So it’s best to act well in advance to avoid unnecessary stress and extra expense to ensure what is best for you or your loved one.
You may think handling things yourself will make things even quicker. But applying for LPA is difficult. If you fill it in incorrectly, it will get rejected.
With our consultation Bendles will help you make it that little bit simpler for you or your relative. We will advise you of all your options and explain the process simply without legal jargon. Bendles also understand that time is of the essence so we can also make home visits, if required to get you or your relative covered in time.
Don’t leave it until it’s too late. Get in touch with Bendles today to arrange a LPA meeting. Our Power of Attorney specialists, Caroline Taylor or John Stevenson, will advise you on the best course of action. Give us a call on 01228 522215 for a faster response.