LPAs help avoid date at Court of Protection
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) which allows a person to nominate another to make decisions on his or her behalf in the event that he or she no longer has the ability to do so.
Although it is not necessary to seek the professional advice of a solicitor before entrusting someone with LPA, it is recommended that most do this.
“It is important to ensure that Lasting Power of Attorneys are drafted carefully, that suitable attorneys are appointed and that any appropriate restrictions are included,” says a solicitor with a firm based in Hampshire, Surrey and London.
Indeed, without ensuring LPA, if someone loses mental capacity, it then falls to the Court of Protection to appoint a deputy.
Those wishing to find out more about LPA could do worse than turn to Lasting Powers of Attorney: A Practical Guide (2nd edition) 2011 by Craig Ward, which was published only this month or seek advice from a local law firm such as George Ide LLP in Chichester.