Protect You & Your Families Interests

As we get older, it’s possible that our decision-making abilities will fail us. That’s why it’s important to prepare by handing those decisions over to a trusted relative, friend or advocate if that situation arose.

At MT Legal Services, we offer expert advice and professional guidance regarding the different types of lasting powers of attorney that can be beneficial to you at a later stage.

Setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney ensures that whatever happens in the future, you get the peace of mind that comes from knowing your attorney is able to support you and make the best legal choices for you.

Lasting Powers of Attorney: FAQs

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?

A LPA is a legal document which lets you appoint someone (or multiple people) who you trust, to act on your behalf in different areas of your life. You can appoint attorneys to manage your property and financial matters, and/or your Health and Welfare.

Who should make a LPA?

Most people tend not to think about it until they’re older, but anyone over the age of 18 can have a LPA. It is a good idea for people in potentially dangerous jobs that might cause them to lose mental capacity (such as firefighters and construction workers), to have a LPA ready. A LPA isn’t something just to be associated with ‘getting old’. It is advisable to have something in place in case you have an accident at work that leaves you incapacitated (for example, in a coma) and need people to make decisions for you.

Can a married couple have a joint LPA?

No. LPAs are personal so you will need to set up your own LPA. However, we can set up at the same time for you.

What happens if I don’t make a LPA?

If you don’t have an attorney in place, and later become unable to make certain decisions for yourself, there may be a time when no one can legally make decisions for you. This can make things such as paying bills, care costs, or making decisions about your future care, difficult.

In this instance, someone may need to apply to the Court of Protection to become your deputy. This gives them similar powers to that of an attorney. A relative or friend can apply to be your deputy, or a professional may be appointed. The process of becoming a deputy is a lot more time-consuming and expensive than setting up a LPA. A deputy must also do some things on an ongoing basis, such as paying an annual fee and submitting an annual report.

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