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Powers of Attorney

It’s not easy to think about a time when you won’t be able to make your own decisions, but it can help to be prepared


Don’t Assume

If you’re married or in a civil partnership, you may have assumed that your spouse would automatically be able to deal with your bank account and pensions, and make decisions about your healthcare, if you lose the ability to do so. This is not the case. Without an LPA they won’t have the authority

What is a power of attorney?

A power of attorney is a legal document that allows someone to make decisions for you, or act on your behalf, if you’re no longer able to or if you no longer want to make your own decisions

Different types of power of attorney

There are different types of power of attorney and you can set up more than one.

Ordinary power of attorney

This covers decisions about your financial affairs and is valid while you have mental capacity. It is suitable if you need cover for a temporary period (hospital stay or holiday) or if you find it hard to get out, or you want someone to act for you.

Lasting power of attorney (LPA)

An LPA covers decisions about your financial affairs, or your health and care. It comes into effect if you lose mental capacity, or if you no longer want to make decisions for yourself. You would set up an LPA if you want to make sure you're covered in the future.

Enduring power of attorney (EPA)

EPAs were replaced by LPAs in October 2007. However, if you made and signed an EPA before 1 October 2007, it should still be valid. An EPA covers decisions about your property and financial affairs, and it comes into effect if you lose mental capacity, or if you want someone to act on your behalf.

Listed below are a few places where you can get further information & guidance

You’re Solicitor

Citizens Advice

Age UK

Age Concern

www.gov.uk

Alzheimer’s Society

NHS

www.nidirect.gov.uk

If you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office on 01246 261389,

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