Lasting Powers of Attorney are vital in ensuring your wishes are carried out if you become unable to manage your own affairs.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows you to appoint one or more people you trust to make decisions on your behalf, to be used in the future if you are in a position where you can’t manage your own affairs. This is because your spouse, civil partner or next of kin isn’t automatically able to make decisions on your behalf if you don’t have an LPA. The people you appoint are known as your Attorneys.

There are two types of LPAs – Financial and Health and Welfare. You don’t have to have the same people acting as your attorney for both.

The Financial Lasting Power of Attorney replaces the Enduring Powers of Attorney. If you already have an Enduring Power, it is still valid, but it doesn’t cover your health and welfare.

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Watch: Solicitor Lynn Wicks explains what happens if you don’t make a Lasting Power of Attorney.

Useful contacts

Citizens Advice Bureau

Solicitors for the Elderly
0844 5676 173
[email protected]

The Law Society
020 7320 5650

Law Society of Scotland
0131 226 7411
[email protected]

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