Lasting power of attorney

Appoint people close to you to make decisions on your behalf

A lasting power of attorney will help you to make sure that your loved ones can legally make decisions for you. 

This is important for everyone as we don’t know what the future holds and you may, at any time, need assistance with medical and financial decisions.

To prepare for this, you need to ensure that one person, or multiple people, have a lasting power of attorney, so they are legally entitled to make decisions. It’s not nice to think about but there may be a time where a relative, or even yourself, loses mental capacity through an accident or illness and without a lasting power of attorney in place nobody has the legal authority to make decisions or act.

At Heritage Estate Planning, we offer a lasting power of attorney service enabling you to appoint the people you trust to make decisions for you if needed.

What Is A Lasting Power Of Attorney?

A lasting power of attorney is a legal document that gives you the power to appoint people you trust to make decisions on your behalf. This means that you can appoint people to manage your affairs through a legal document. There could be a variety of reasons for this, it could be that your own ill-health or inability to make decisions means that you can’t make them yourself and require assistance or it could be needed for a specific period of time for example if you were going to be out of the country.

A lasting power of attorney gives you the choice and freedom to appoint the people you trust, rather than leaving it to be dealt with by a Deputyship court order which can be difficult, time consuming and restrictive.

What Decisions Can Be Made On Your Behalf?

An attorney can make a number of significant decisions on your behalf, should you become unable to do so. For example, your loved ones would be able to say yes or no to medical treatment or procedures, decide where you receive care and even which medical professionals you see.  It really gives you a voice, if you no longer have a voice.

From a financial point of view, your attorney can handle any property decisions, as well as everyday items like collecting benefits and pensions, and paying bills.

Why Is It Important?

A lasting power of attorney gives you the ultimate peace of mind that no matter what happens, you’ll be taken care of by a loved one, someone you trust. It can take the pressure and stress off you, or in a worst-case scenario, where you’re unable to make decisions, you’ll still know that you are being looked after by someone who cares for you.

A legal next of kin has no automatic right to manage affairs, so without a lasting power of attorney, a number of complications can arise. This can make future processes difficult, laborious and expensive, so getting a lasting power of attorney is in everyone’s best interests.

Set Up a Lasting Power of Attorney Today

A lasting power of attorney can only be created whilst the person setting it up is capable of making decisions, if this isn’t the case, one can’t be set up, so now is a good time to plan ahead.

With Heritage Estate Planning, you can provide the legal expertise and documentation to put a lasting power of attorney in place and offer:

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