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Lasting Powers of Attorney

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You may need someone to make decisions for you in the future. It could be in a temporary situation such as if you are abroad or in hospital and need help with everyday things such as making sure bills are paid. Or you may need to make more long-term plans if you have been diagnosed with a mental illness such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Without an LPA, your family friends cannot make any financial/property or health/welfare decisions for you.

Why have a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?

The LPA gives someone you trust full access to make decisions on your behalf if you’re unable to in the future.

  • Anyone at any age can suffer a stroke/head injury, which can have devastating consequences and result in temporary or permanent loss of capacity.
  • If you have been diagnosed with a mental health problem, or other disease, which leads to mental incapacity, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, your attorney can make decisions for you.
  • You will have peace of mind that in the event of loss of capacity or serious illness, your financial and welfare interests will be looked after properly.


There are two different types of Lasting Power of Attorney:

  • Property and finance
  • Personal health and welfare

Lasting Power of Attorney for Property & Financial Affairs

This gives authority to make decisions about things like:

  • buying or selling property
  • bank, building society, investments, savings and other financial affairs
  • welfare benefits
  • tax affairs
  • debts
  • legal proceedings

A property and financial affairs LPA must be registered before it can be used. You don’t have to wait until someone loses their mental capacity before using it. Once registered, the attorney can start making decisions about your property and financial affairs straight away, even if you are still capable of making your own decisions.  If you don’t want the attorney to be able to make decisions about your affairs straight away, you should make sure that the LPA says this.

Lasting Power of Attorney for Health & Welfare

This gives authority to deal with, and make decisions about, things like:

  • where you live
  • your day-to-day care, including what you wear and what you eat
  • your healthcare treatment
  • what contact, if any, you should have with other people
  • access to your personal information

You can make a health and welfare LPA which deals with all aspects of your personal welfare, or only certain things.

Our fees

We charge a very competitive fixed fee of £400, plus VAT, plus court registration fee of £82 for each Power of Attorney. Or, £775, plus VAT, plus court registration fees of £164, if both Finance and Welfare powers are prepared at the same time.

If you don’t have an LPA?

If a donor does not have the mental capacity to make the LPA it may be necessary for the Court of Protection to become involved. This is likely to cause delays in dealing with your affairs and it is very costly.


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