Lasting Power of Attorney

Latest news on Lasting Powers of Attorney, together with articles and guides to help those considering making an LPA.

Making a Lasting Power of Attorney is just as important as making a Will

Making a Lasting Power of Attorney

The Covid-19 outbreak has driven many of us to think more about putting our affairs in order. Making a Will is often regarded as the most important step for long term planning – with making a Lasting Power of Attorney sometimes seen as an afterthought. But if your goal is to ensure your affairs run smoothly with as little future stress or upset for your loved ones, having a LPA in place is just as important.

Who can make ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ decisions for me?

Do not resuscitate

As if Covid-19 itself has not already created enough panic amongst us, reports that blanket ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ (DNR) orders were being issued without consulting patients individually has left many of us worried about our future care – and that of our loved ones. We look at the law surrounding DNR orders and the extent to which your wishes will be complied with.

Getting help with managing your affairs

We look at the different options open to you if you are struggling to manage your affairs including Lasting Powers of Attorney, Ordinary Powers of Attorney, Third Party Mandates, Appointees and more.

Who will manage your property and finances if you fall ill?

Manage finances

It’s a common misconception that if you should become incapacitated, your spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner can manage your financial affairs for you. This is simply not true, and in such circumstances accounts (even joint accounts) can be frozen whilst an order is granted by the Court.

I’m not ill! Why do I need a Lasting Power of Attorney?

Young family

Too many people assume that Lasting Powers of Attorney are for the ill or elderly, but this is a common mistake. Anyone could fall ill or have an accident, at any time – and then it may be too late to make a Lasting Power of Attorney.