What is a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?

It is a legal document that allows a person of your choice to make decisions on your behalf. When making an LPA, you are known as the Donor because you are donating the  ability to make  decisions to someone else.

The person you are donating that  ability to is known as your Attorney. You can have more than one Attorney.

Making a Lasting Power of Attorney now gives you the ability to control your future whatever happens. Hopefully you will never need to use it.

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Are there different types of Powers of Attorney?

Yes – there are three different types;  Enduring, Lasting and Ordinary.  Enduring Powers of Attorney are Powers of Attorney which were in place before October 2007.

Can I still use an Enduring Power of Attorney?

Yes – they are still valid today but you cannot make a new Enduring Power of Attorney.  However a financial institution may not allow you to use this because it has not been registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.  If someone loses mental capacity, then the Attorneys need to register the Enduring Power of Attorney with the Office of the Public Guardian.

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney is the successor to the Enduring Power of Attorney.  They are registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before they are effective and before they can be used.  There are two different types;  one for Property and Financial Affairs and the other for Health and Welfare.

What is an Ordinary Power of Attorney?

This Power of Attorney is used for specific tasks and can be used for selling property if you are unable to sign the documents yourself because you are not in the country for example.  These are temporary and cannot be used if you lose mental capacity.

Who are the Office of the Public Guardian?

This is a Government body set up to protect vulnerable people who lack mental capacity.  They are responsible for registering Enduring Powers of Attorney and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Why should I make a Power of Attorney?

Unfortunately none of us know what the future holds, therefore it is best to ensure your wishes are set out as sooner rather than later. A Lasting Power of Attorney does not have to be used straight away but by ensuring it is in place helps avoid delay in dealing with your affairs if and when it becomes necessary.

Why choose Waldrons?

Caring We will listen to you and deal with your matter in a caring and sensitive way using plain english.
Flexibility We are available for appointments at your home, at hospital or another location that’s convenient for you at no extra cost.
Costs We charge fixed fees for Powers of Attorney and we will provide you with this information at the start of your matter.
Storage We safety store your original documents at no additional costs.
Dedicated You will have direct access to a Legal Advisor throughout your matter.
Expertise We have over 150 years’ experience in providing specialist legal advice representing individuals.
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