Powers of Attorney
Appointing a Power of Attorney is a complex decision, which needs to be tailored to each individual’s needs.
There are three different powers of attorney:
General Power of Attorney (GPA)
This allows you to appoint someone to deal with as many aspects of your affairs as you require. They can help if you are abroad, ill or simply feel you would like to put your affairs in the hands of someone else for your own benefit. They lose power should you lose mental capacity.
Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
This allows you to appoint someone to deal with as many aspects of your affairs as you require. They are bound by the Court of Protection and have a duty to act in your best interests, but continue to have power should you lose mental capacity.
Property and Affairs LPA – which relates to your property and financial affairs.
Health and Welfare LPA – which allows you to set out what medical treatment or how you would like to be cared for in the future.
For a LPA to be valid it needs to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian and a registration fee paid. Your application could be rejected or delayed if your intentions are not clear and any mistakes could be expensive to correct.
Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA)
The EPA system came to an end in October 2007, following the introduction of LPA’s, but existing EPA’s are still valid.
In some cases, you may be unhappy with the way the Attorney was appointed or actions taken by them.
At Geoffrey Leaver our experienced Wills and Probate team can advise you on what action you can take to overturn or challenge it.
To download a PDF of our LPA flyer click here