Lasting Power of Attorney Leaflet
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No LPA or EPA?
If you lose the capacity to make a financial or welfare decision and have not made an LPA or EPA, it may be necessary for and application to be made to the court of Protection for the appropriate order to enable someone to act on your behalf. This can be costly, time consuming and stressful for family members.
Caring for others
If you know someone of find yourself caring for someone unable to deal with their own affairs it would be sensible for that person to make and LPA and you should mention this to them.
Generally speaking it is worth planning ahead. When someone becomes incapable of handling their affairs it can be a very difficult time both for them and their family and friends. However only the person making the LPA can have instructions, and it is important that these arrangements are put in place whilst they have the necessary capacity.
What should I do next?
If we have acted for you before, then please contact the person that you last dealt with and they will make the necessary arrangements. Alternatively, please phone the office closest to you (details overleaf) and ask to speak to a member of the Wills and Probate team.
How can we help?
If you would like to make an LPA, we can advise you on the options available and prepare the appropriate documents. If you are an attorney under a LPA or EPA we can advise you as to your duties, obligations and powers. We can also help you with any applications you are required to make to the office of the Public Guardian. Please phone the office nearest to you.