By creating a Power Of Attorney you can appoint a trusted friend or loved one to look after your affairs if you are unable to yourself, because of illness or an accident for example. These can cover both financial and medical affairs. If you don’t have a Power of Attorney and become too ill to make decisions, the courts will appoint someone for you!
What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document which allows a designated person(s), for example a friend, solicitor or family member known as ‘The Attorney’ to help make decisions on the person’s behalf, known as ‘The Donor’.
This means that if the Donor were to become ill or have an accident resulting in a lack of mental capacity to make important decisions on their own, the Attorney would be able to take control in order to protect the Donor’s best interests.
The Donor must be over the age of 18 and of sound mind when creating their Lasting Power of Attorney.
Types of Lasting Power of Attorney
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney, you can choose to make one or both and you can use the same person for both or split the responsibility if you so choose. You can also have more than one person as your Attorney.
Health and Welfare
A Health and Welfare Attorney would be able to make decisions or help the Donor to make decisions about things like:
- Medical Care
- General decisions in day to day life
- They can use the Donor’s money in order to care for their everyday needs, for example personal care (clothes, haircuts and other necessities they may need for their welfare) and any additional care they may need in order to go about their daily life.
Property and Financial Affairs
A Property and Financial Affairs Attorney would be able to make decisions or help the Donor to make decisions about things like:
- Money and expenses, bills and tax
- Banks and building societies
- Shares and Investments
- Pensions and benefits
- Property and cost of managing the property
Included in our Lasting Power of Attorney Service
As a Lifetime Legal member you receive a discount on legal services provided by our panel of specially selected solicitors, this includes Lasting Power of Attorney. As a member you will also benefit from:
Free standard or mirror Wills.
|As a welcome to Lifetime Legal you will be offered a free standard or mirror Wills for couples; you don’t have to do this straight away you can have your Will written whenever you are ready.|
Free updates to your Will.
|Once we have written your Will you can update it at any point for free to ensure it will always reflect your exact wishes regardless of a change in circumstance.|
Unlimited access to our legal advice helpline.
|The advice line can provide you with advice on a wide range of legal matters and is provided by our panel of specially selected expert solicitors.|
Secure online document storage.
|We will provide you with secure online access to your own digital vault, where you can upload and access digital copies of your legal paperwork, mortgage, passport or any other important documents – whenever you wish.|
Secure fireproof and waterproof physical document storage.
|Any documents you choose to store with us will be will be placed in a sealed waterproof wallet in our secure fireproof storage facility, which has the relevant insurance to cover loss of or damage to documents whilst in our care.|
Discount on other legal services provided by Lifetime Legal.
|As a member of Lifetime legal, you will receive discounts on other legal services that you might need, this can be family matters, moving home, Wills, Trusts and Probate.|
To get a free quote for our Lasting Power of Attorney service and begin your Lifetime Legal membership speak to one of our expert advisers on 0344 880 2087 or request a call back via our enquiry form.