Create Your Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

In the event that you lose the capacity to settle on specific decisions for yourself, a lasting power of attorney lets people you trust step in legally at the right time for people living in England and Wales.

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Lasting Power Of Attorney Services & Fees

Property & Financial LPA

Wills Service - £175

Which? Wills - £221

Co-op Legal Service - £307

+ VAT, INCLUDES OPG filing fee*

Health & Welfare LPA

Wills Service - £175

Which? Wills - £221

Co-op Legal Service - £307

+ VAT, INCLUDES OPG filing fee*

Both in One

Wills Service - £295

Which? Wills - £442

Co-op Legal Service - £539

+ VAT, INCLUDES OPG filing fee*

As we age, the likelihood that we will become unable to manage our own finances and every-day affairs increases. Whether it’s due to an illness or simply getting older, many of us will eventually need someone to make important decisions on our behalf if we lack the mental capacity to do so ourselves.  

In order to prepare for this eventuality and provide someone (whether it’s a close relative or a professional solicitor) with the legal authority to handle your affairs for you, you should consider setting up a lasting power of attorney (LPA) 

What does lasting power of attorney mean?

The power of attorney refers to the legal right or authority to make decisions on behalf of another individual regarding their every-day affairs, including finances, housing, healthcare, and anything else that impacts the quality of their life. 

In order to grant this authority, you need to set up a lasting power of attorney. So, what is a lasting power of attorney (LPA)? 

An LPA is a legal document that allows you (the ‘donor’) to grant one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) the right to help you with decisions or make them for you if you are unable to do so yourself. 

Most people set up a lasting power of attorney when they feel that they may be losing the ability to make decisions themselves, perhaps as they age or deteriorate with an illness. An LPA provides one or more representatives that see the donor’s health, wellbeing, and financial security as the sole priority, allowing the donor to continue living with some control over their life through trusted attorneys. 

An LPA can be temporary or permanent, depending on your personal preferences, and there are two main types: the Health and Welfare LPA and the Property and Financial Affairs LPA

The former grants attorneys the right to make decisions regarding your daily life and healthcare, while the latter provides them with the legal authority to handle your bills, pensions, tax and so on. 

You are able to choose either one or both of these types of LPA in England and Wales, but remember to add them to your submission in order discuss your options with our advisors, if you aren’t entirely sure of what would best suit you. 

Who can make a lasting power of attorney?

In order to be eligible to make a lasting power of attorney, the only requirements are that you are over 18 years old and currently have the mental capacity to make your own decisions. 

It is crucial that you set up a lasting power of attorney while you are still of sound mind so that you can later rely on a trusty attorney when your health deteriorates. 

Choosing attorneys 

Being an attorney comes with a significant amount of responsibilities and can lead to situations where difficult decisions must be made, which means that you must choose your attorneys very carefully.

The only requirement to being an attorney is that they are over 18 years old. Other than that, you’re free to choose who you want, but the decision is one that must be considered carefully and the person or people you choose must agree to the role.

The most common attorneys tend to be: 

  • Close friends
  • Relatives
  • Professional solicitors

Before asking a person to be one of your attorneys, it’s important that you consider a few things. Ask yourself: 

  • How well do they handle their own finances and other affairs? 
  • Can you trust them to make decisions based on your best interests?
  • Is it fair to ask them to make difficult decisions for you, including ones related to your health?
  • What other commitments do they have? Do they have the time to manage your dealings? 

You are able to choose more than one attorney and can determine whether they must make decisions ‘jointly’ or ‘jointly and severally’ (which we’ll explain in due course).

Choosing more than one attorney can help spread the responsibilities in relation to the person’s strengths. So, for example, you may choose a relative to handle your housing and healthcare, and a professional solicitor to manage your finances. 

If you decide that they must make decisions ‘jointly’, it means that all attorneys must agree on every decision made. If the LPA states that decisions should be made on a ‘jointly and severally’ basis, attorneys are able to act on your behalf individually and collectively. 

     

   Your legacy, your decision

Just 3 easy steps to obtain Lasting Power of Attorney

Fill in our easy online form - we provide you with full explanations along the way

We check your form, print your legal documents and post them to you for signature and return Freepost

We run final checks and submit your LPA for official registration with the OPG (£82 filing fee included).

New customers

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Returning customers

For customers who have already started the application or wish to review/change their details.