A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you, the donor, appoint one or more people (attorneys) to help make decisions on your behalf. An LPA gives you more control over what happens to you in the event of an accident or illness and are unable to make your own decisions.
There are two types of LPA available, and you can make an LPA for one or both areas depending on your needs:
Health And Welfare LPA
This can be used to give an attorney the authority to make decisions on things such as your daily routine, medical care and if and when you are to receive life-sustaining treatment.
This type of LPA can only be used when you are unable to make your own decisions.
Property and Financial Affairs LPA
This can be used to give an attorney the authority to make decisions about your money and property for things such as managing your money and investments, paying your bills and selling your home.
This type of LPA can be used as soon as it’s registered, with your permission. If later then you can decide the criteria for when this will be.