Our will and LPA service are still available to you over Zoom, Skype and telephone. As restrictions have eased we are also offering face-to-face appointments at our office. Talk to us on 0113 320 5000 about making your will and LPA.
When would an LPA be useful
If you choose for a property and financial LPA to be used as soon as it has been registered (but only with your consent) then the document can be useful in many situations. Examples of when this can be useful are:
- If you have a physical reason for being unable to deal with your finances, for example:
- You are in hospital
- If it is difficult for you to travel to deal with your finances (e.g. travel to a bank)
- You are shielding/classed as vulnerable during a medical pandemic
- You are abroad and not able to deal with a matter
- You simply would prefer your attorney(s) to deal with the matter for you
What situations could my LPA be used?
- Manage your bank and savings accounts
- Make or sell investments
- Pay your bills
- Buy or sell a property on your behalf
- Your medical treatment including life sustaining treatment
- Where you live (moving into a care home)
- Day to day care (diet and daily routine)
A health and care LPA can only be used if you have lost capacity.
No. As long as you have mental capacity, you retain control. In fact, you can always revoke the power of attorney. With a health and welfare lasting power of attorney, your attorney cannot in fact make decisions unless you have lost mental capacity.
In theory, you could have as many as you like but in practice, you would not normally have more than 4.
If you appoint more than one, you do have to say whether they are to act:
- Jointly – meaning that any decisions must be taken by all attorneys together.
- Jointly & Severally – meaning that each attorney can make a decision independently of the other.
If it is joint and several the Lasting Powers of Attorney will not end if an attorney can no longer act but it would do normally if the attorneys have to act jointly.