Old age and mental health charities across Britain generally recommend the use of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). An LPA is a legal document through which you can nominate someone (an attorney) to make important decisions on your behalf if in future you lose the mental capacity to make those decisions yourself. There are two types of LPA: one that deals with health and welfare and another for property and financial affairs.
Though it may be unpleasant to think of a time when your mental faculties are impaired, either through old age or unforeseen circumstances, without an LPA your affairs could be left in disarray. Many people mistakenly assume that if they are married or in a civil partnership, their spouse will automatically be able to deal with their financial affairs and make decisions about healthcare if they themselves lose the ability to do so. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Without an LPA, your spouse will not have the requisite authority.
Fortunately, public awareness of the importance of having an LPA seems to be growing. There are 2.5 million LPAs currently registered in the UK – and 650,000 applications were made to register an LPA in 2016 alone.
Learn more about Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs)
Read our Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) Briefing Note for an overview of what’s involved in setting up an LPA and details of how LPAs work in practice.
Lasting Power of Attorney solicitors in Eastbourne, Hailsham, Bexhill and Hastings
Our solicitors regularly prepare, register and implement LPAs for clients. To discuss setting up an LPA, please contact one of our specialist Private Client Services Partners: