Powers of Attorney

Sometimes people wish to plan ahead and set out what they would like to happen should they become unable to make decisions for themselves in the future.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that enables a person (the Donor) to choose another person or persons (Attorneys) to make decisions on their behalf.

There are two different types of LPA:

 A property and affairs LPA for decisions about finances, such as selling the Donor’s house, investing their monies, or managing their bank accounts and
 A personal welfare LPA for decisions about health and personal welfare, such as where to live, day to day care or having medical treatment.

A personal welfare LPA can only be used by your Attorneys to make decisions for you in relation to your personal welfare when you are incapable of making those decisions yourself.

You can include restrictions and guidance for your Attorneys in both types of the LPA.

Both types of the LPA can only be used when they are registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.

An LPA is a powerful and important document and you should seek advice from people who are experienced in preparing them. We are able to offer you legal advice and can if you wish assist you in completing the forms.

Contact Helen Stewart or Sue Wheeler at our Highcliffe office on 01425 279222 or Kelly Taylor and Jenny Eley at our New Milton office on 01425 621515 or Paul Moore at our Bransgore office on 01425 673994