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If you are looking for help with lasting power of attorney our specialist solicitors can help you. In addition to office meetings, we offer remote meetings by telephone or video if preferred. To discuss your options call us 24/7 on 0208 004 0065 or email us at hello@southgate.co.uk 

Lasting Power of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows an individual (the donor) to appoint one or more trusted persons (attorneys) to make decisions on their behalf should they lose mental capacity in the future. 

LPAs are important because they enable individuals to plan ahead for a time when they may no longer be able to make decisions for themselves due to illness, injury, or old age. It provides peace of mind that decisions will be made by someone they trust. 

There are two types of LPAs: 

  • Property and Financial Affairs LPA: This allows attorneys to make decisions about the donor’s finances, property, and other financial matters. 
  • Health and Welfare LPA: This allows attorneys to make decisions about the donor’s healthcare, living arrangements, and other personal welfare matters. 

What can we do

At southgate solicitors, we offer comprehensive assistance tailored to your needs throughout your lasting power of attorney journey. Our team of experienced professionals understand the intricacies of family law and are dedicated to providing you with the expertise and support you need during what can be a daunting and highly emotional time.  We have Resolution members and also hold Law Society Family Law Advanced Panel Accreditation which demonstrates our knowledge, skill and expertise in this area of law. 

If you wish to read more about this area of law we have some frequently asked questions at the end of this page – feel free to scroll down to read more.

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An LPA can only be used when the donor lacks mental capacity to make decisions for themselves. Mental capacity is determined by medical professionals and assessed based on the donor’s ability to understand and retain information and make decisions. 

To create an LPA, the donor must complete the relevant forms provided by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), sign them in the presence of a witness, and register the LPA with the OPG. The donor can choose who they want to act as their attorneys and specify any instructions or preferences. 

Yes, an LPA can be revoked or amended by the donor at any time, as long as they still have mental capacity. This can be done by completing the relevant forms and notifying the OPG of the changes. 

Attorneys can be anyone over the age of 18 who the donor trusts to make decisions in their best interests. This can include family members, friends, or professionals such as solicitors. 

The powers granted to attorneys depend on the type of LPA: 

Property and Financial Affairs LPA: Attorneys can manage the donor’s finances, pay bills, sell property, and make other financial decisions. 

Health and Welfare LPA: Attorneys can make decisions about the donor’s medical treatment, care arrangements, and other personal welfare matters. 

Attorneys must always act in the donor’s best interests and follow any instructions or preferences specified in the LPA. They are legally obligated to keep the donor’s finances and welfare separate from their own and must act with honesty and integrity. 

To set up an LPA, you can obtain the necessary forms from the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), seek advice from a solicitor or legal professional, complete the forms, have them witnessed, and then register the LPA with the OPG. It’s important to carefully consider your choices and seek legal advice if needed. 

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