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What is a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?

A Lasting power of attorney (LPA)refers to the legal document which helps you appoint trusted individuals to act on your behalf on certain financial or health related affairs if you were ever to lose capacity .Signing a lasting power of attorney does not affect your control of your affairs until the document is registered.

By making a Lasting power of attorney (LPA) you can ensure your affairs whether they be financial or health related are dealt with by someone or someone(s) you know and trust. You can appoint up to five trusted individuals to act as attorneys to look after affairs if you were to lose capacity.

Hudson Provide the following LPA services

  • Meeting you and explaining in depth how a LPA works
  • Discussing your needs and requirements; specifically, the benefits of making a LPA
  • Completing the necessary paperwork
  • Registering and coordinating the procedures of taking over your affairs
  • LPA storage

Types of Lasting Power of Attorneys

There are two types of LPAs that can be made. These are two separate documents, but they can be applied independently or together depending on your needs.

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Property and financial affairs

This gives your attorney(s) power of financial aspects. For example paying your mortgage or rental payments

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Health and welfare

This gives your attorney(s) power over welfare matters. For example your living arrangements (including where you should live, whether you should move to residential care, or stay at home.

+These are just examples of the power of each LPA, contact us for more information regarding what each LPA can mean for your attorneys.

+If you want to limit your attorney’s powers within each LPA, you can do this by clearly stating limitations on the LPA.

Reasons to make an LPA

Failure to make an LPA

Benefits of updating your EPA to a LPA

EPAs could be made up until 30th September 2007 when the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (‘MCA’) came into force. Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) replaced Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) on 1st October 2007. EPAs signed prior to that date are still valid and can be registered but the LPA is far more flexible and you have the option of taking out either a Property and Financial Affairs LPA or a Health and Welfare LPA, or both.

Unlike with the EPA, the LPA requires that the person making the LPA is certified to have the mental capacity to do so, and that they are doing so without being subjected to any pressure or fraud. The certificate provider must complete a statement to that effect in the new LPA, stating that they have discussed the LPA with the attorney and are satisfied the attorney understands the scope and purpose of the LPA and that they are under no undue pressure to make it.

LPAs are more flexible, you can add or change attorneys depending on any changes in your personal circumstance for example appointing your daughter upon the death of your wife.

LPAs have now replaced EPAs, which only allowed people to appoint Attorneys to make decisions about property and financial matters on their behalf. The new LPAs give more protection and extra options.

Reasons to make a LPA with a practitioner

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Our fees

Single LPA £350
Both LPAs submitted together £600
Contact us for more information on LPAs, EPAs and quotes.

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