Lodge Brothers Legal Services: Lasting Power of Attorney

SOPHIE ANDREWSYour Legal Power of Attorney, referred to as an LPA, is a document which anyone over the age of 18, with full mental capacity, can have drawn up with the goal of appointing an attorney, or a legal firm, to act and speak on your behalf should you become incapacitated to do so yourself. As the initiator of the LPA the label given to you is “the donor” and this is an empowering tool which you can use to acquire the legal help you may need one day, for the purpose of helping you to preservice your rights, your needs and your preferences when it comes to your care.

Lodge Brothers Legal Attorneys is affiliated with Lodge Brothers Funeral Directors and as such there are 40 branches local branches which they have access to across Surrey, Berkshire and Middlesex. A Lasting Power of Attorney Guildford can be set up regardless of whether you are currently in the UK and you do not need to be a British Citizen to have one drawn up, although the processes in Scotland and Northern Ireland do differ.

Typically, the Lasting Power of Attorney Ashford covers 2 aspects which are relating to your health and welfare and secondly, relates to your financial affairs, including property however it is up to the individual as to whether they want to apply the LPA to just one, or both aspects of their lives.

When it comes to our personal care and safeguarding, it is not always possible for a person to represent themselves in old age or if they have been subject to an accident, incident or illness which renders them unable to represent themselves, be it mentally or physically (in terms of being able to communicate or articulate our wants and needs). Usually, when it comes to a Lasting Power of Attorney Weybridge and personal care, the topics commonly covered include details pertaining to your daily personal care routine, administration of and details pertaining to medicine, wishes about care homes and life-sustaining treatments and options. It is important that even when a person is not able to represent themselves, that their wishes and beliefs are respected.

Financially speaking, when a person appoints an attorney, or attorneys, they will have instructions on how to manage all aspects of the donor’s affairs. This can alleviate the pressure on family members to make these decisions, including the payment of bills and accounts, collection of benefits or pensions and aspects relating to your physical assets and property. In the event that a person does not have a person to hand this duty over to, they will also elicit the expertise of a Lasting Power of attorney solicitor.

The process of completing the forms for your LPA will be facilitated by your attorney and the registration of your Lasting Power of Attorney should be completed as soon as the document is finalised as this can take up to 20 week to process at the Office of the Public Guardian.

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