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Lasting Power of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document in which you nominate other people – usually a relative or friend – to make decisions and deal with your affairs in the event that you later become unable to make such decisions yourself due to mental or physical incapacity.

There are 2 types of LPA which are described below

Property and Financial Affairs LPA

A Property and Financial Affairs LPA gives the people that you nominate (your attorneys) the power to look after your finances and property. This might be, for example, the buying and selling of your property, dealing with your bank accounts, paying your bills, managing your investments and the like. With this type of LPA you can choose to give your attorneys the power to look after your affairs while you still have capacity to do so, but would prefer for your attorneys to do this for you.

Health and Welfare LPA

A Health and Welfare LPA gives your attorneys the authority to decide on matters relating to your health and welfare, such as deciding where you should live, what care you should receive, approving or refusing medical treatment and similar decisions. Unlike a Property and Financial Affairs LPA, the Health and Welfare LPA is only usable when you are incapable of making these decisions yourself.