Lasting Powers of Attorney
Comprehensive Lasting Power of Attorney service in Barry, The Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff, South Wales
Here at Passmores we have a team of solicitors who are dedicated to protecting the financial affairs and the welfare of vulnerable people within the Barry, Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff area.
We have a special team of solicitors who are able to advise on Lasting Powers of Attorney and to draw up the appropriate legal documentation. We shall subsequently make an application to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) for registration of the Lasting Power of Attorney.
A Lasting Power of Attorney
A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document, which is used to appoint a person (called the Attorney) to make decisions on your behalf when you are unable to make those decisions yourself due to some form of mental or physical incapacity.
The Mental Capacity Act of 2005 established the Lasting Power of Attorney from 1 October 2007, when it replaced the Enduring Power of Attorney. The appointed Attorney can only use the Lasting Power of Attorney after it has been registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney. Either or both can be made on your behalf. They are:
1. Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Financial Affairs
As the name suggests this Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to appoint a person who will control the decisions regarding your financial affairs, including decisions relating to your property.
2. Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare
Again as the name suggests this Lasting Power of Attorney allow you to appoint a person who will be responsible for making healthcare and welfare decisions for you, including decisions relating to medical care, living arrangements and giving or refusing life sustaining treatment.
The Lasting Power of Attorney is an important and powerful document and you should take care as to whom you appoint as your Attorney. More than one Attorney can be appointed should you wish and you can decide if they are to act independently or jointly. Your Attorney should be trustworthy and possess the necessary skills to make decisions on your behalf.
The regulations and legislation surrounding Lasting Powers of Attorney and the care of a person who needs to be protected by a Lasting Power of Attorney can be complex and is best left to an expert in this field, for this reason we recommend talking to one of our specialist solicitors to ensure that your welfare and financial affairs are appropriately safeguarded.
If you live in the Barry, Vale of Glamorgan or Cardiff areas, please get in touch with one of our experts today and we will be pleased to help you with this service.