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Lasting Power of Attorney in Hertfordshire

Discover the peace of mind that comes with having a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in place. At London Will Writing, we specialise in helping individuals in Hertfordshire secure their future by providing expert guidance on wills and LPAs.

What is Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a vital legal instrument that empowers you, the donor, to designate one or more individuals, known as attorneys, to assist you in making decisions or to act on your behalf.

By creating an LPA, you gain greater control over your future, particularly in scenarios where you may encounter an accident or illness that renders you incapable of making decisions independently (commonly referred to as lacking mental capacity).

Ensuring Decision-Making Continuity

Should you become incapacitated, your appointed attorneys step in to ensure that your affairs are managed according to your wishes, providing continuity and ensuring your interests are safeguarded.

The LPA serves as a protective measure, offering peace of mind that your preferences will be respected and your affairs managed competently, even in unforeseen circumstances.

In essence, a Lasting Power of Attorney provides a vital layer of security and assurance, allowing you to plan for the future with confidence and clarity.

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Understanding Lasting Power of Attorney

In 2007, Lasting Powers of Attorneys (LPAs) replaced the Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA), offering more comprehensive coverage, including personal welfare decisions. There are two types of LPAs:

Property & Affairs LPA: Empowers your chosen attorney(s) to manage financial affairs and assets on your behalf.

Personal Welfare LPA: Allows your attorney(s) to make decisions regarding your health, medical treatment, and housing.

Should the need arise to use your LPA, it must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. Additionally, individuals with existing EPAs signed before October 2007 may still register them, but it's advisable to complement them with a Personal Welfare LPA for comprehensive coverage.

Appointing Your Attorney

The choice of who to appoint as your attorney is entirely yours. It can be a friend, relative, or professional, and you can appoint different individuals for each type of LPA. You also have the option to nominate substitute attorneys in case the original is unable to act.

Activation and Costs of LPA

The activation of an LPA is subject to a medical assessment to determine incapacity. You can specify the circumstances under which your attorney(s) should act on your behalf. Each LPA requires a separate application, incurring separate fees for registration.

Benefits of Lasting Power of Attorney

Having an LPA in place ensures that your affairs are managed according to your wishes, even if you're unable to express them yourself. Without an LPA, the Court of Protection may need to intervene, potentially complicating matters. Your appointed attorney(s) can handle various tasks, including financial transactions and legal actions, providing you and your family with peace of mind.

Don't leave your future to chance. Secure your interests and protect your legacy with Lasting Power of Attorney services from London Will Writing in Hertfordshire.

Contact us today to get started on safeguarding your future.


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