Lasting Powers of Attorney & Court of Protection
We regularly advise clients in connection with Lasting Powers of Attorney (often called “LPAs” for short) and applications to the Court of Protection.
The team will be able to advise and assist you in Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs), Deputyships and the responsibilities and duties which accompany these roles.
We can also advise you about other matters relating to a person’s capacity and welfare, such as the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
Our aim is to provide a tailored package to meet our clients’ individual needs, that can adapt over time and take account of their changing circumstances.
A Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to appoint a trusted friend or relative to make decisions on your behalf in the event you become unable to do so yourself – usually due to incapacity or illness. These decisions could relate to your health, welfare, personal care, personal property or even your financial affairs. A related document known as a ‘Property and Financial Affairs LPA’ can be used by individuals who still have decision making ability but want to appoint someone to deal with their business affairs on their behalf – quite often because they are aboard and simply unable to attend to matters themselves.
If a ‘vulnerable’ person (such as a child or incapacitated adult who hasn’t made an LPA) needs assistance in managing their affairs, an application can be made to the Court of Protection to have a Deputy appointed to manage the individual’s affairs on their behalf. Similarly, if a person has not made a Will, and lacks the testamentary capacity to do so, an application may be made to the Court of Protection for the grant of a Statutory Will.