LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY

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A Health and Personal Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney does what it says on the tin. It allows you to appoint someone (your Attorney) to look after your health and care needs if you no longer have capacity to do so. Since the Care Act 2014 came into effect it is more important than ever to put in place a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare.

 

You appoint at least one Attorney but can appoint up to four, you say what they can or can't do on your behalf and if they must act jointly or individually. An attorney is bound by Law* to act in your best interests.

 

Broadly speaking an Attorney can make sure that you make regular visits to the doctors and dentist, ensure that you recieve the right care in the right place delivered by the right people at the right cost. A final aspect of this type of LPA is that an attorney can be authorised to make decisions about Life Sustaining Treatment at the end of your life.

 

If you don't have a LPA for Personal Welfare your care could end up being supervised by your Local Authority at considerable incovenience to your family.

 

It can cost as little as £200 to put this important document in place so do it today.

 

* Mental Capacity Act 2005

Health and Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)