You will want to know matters will be taken care of in accordance with your wishes if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. If you’re married (or in a civil partnership) you probably think that your partner would automatically be able to deal with matters on your behalf in this instance. However this is not the case, they need a Lasting Power of Attorney to give them the authority to do this for you.
A Lasting Power of Attorney gives a person you trust the ability to make important decisions on your behalf if you cannot make them yourself. It gives guidance and instructions on how they should act as they will have the legal authority to handle your affairs. You can set out how your property and financial affairs should be dealt with and your wishes for your health and welfare.
By putting a Lasting Power of Attorney in place, you will have peace of mind that someone you trust would be making decisions on your behalf. Sadly, incapacity can happen to any of us at any time of lives through illness or accident, not just when we are elderly. It is important to consider putting a Lasting Power of Attorney in place whilst you have the capacity to do so. This ensures your decisions are made as you would want them to be, should the time come when this is needed.
To set up a Lasting Power of Attorney you need to be over 18 and have the mental capacity to make your own decisions when you put this in place. We can give you advice and guidance on what to include in your Lasting Power of Attorney which can cover:
Property and Financial Affairs power of Attorney (£250)
- Managing bank and building society accounts
- Buying items
- Paying bills and the mortgage
- Collecting benefits and pensions
- Selling your home
Health and Welfare (£250)
- Medical care
- Your daily routine e.g. what to eat, what to wear, activities to do, who you see
- Where you live, including moving to a care home
- Life sustaining treatment
To set up your Lasting Power of Attorney:
- Choose who you are appointing as your attorney (you can have more than one)
- Complete the Lasting Power of Attorney form with us over the telephone.
- We will arrange a face to face meeting for the form to be signed to confirm you have understood the form and have not been put under any pressure to sign it.
- The form is registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. This can take up to 10 weeks and there may be a fee payable (dependent on circumstances) to the Office of the Public Guardian for registration.
- Your Lasting Power of Attorney is registered should it be needed in the future. You can cancel or amend your Lasting Power of Attorney if required.