Managing someone else's affairs
Lasting Power of Attorney
If you become unable to make decisions for yourself, someone will need to make decisions on your behalf. The person you choose to do this will depend on your situation. If you wish, you can officially appoint someone you trust to make decisions for you - this is called making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).
LPAs allow you to appoint a trusted person to make decisions about your personal welfare, including social care, healthcare and consent to medical treatment, and/or your property and financial affairs. An LPA is only valid once registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.
The Court of Protection can issue Orders directing the management of a person’s property and financial affairs if they are incapable of managing their own affairs should they not have an LPA. The Court procedure is currently very slow and the fees are quite expensive so preparing an LPA in advance is always advisable, providing you have somebody sufficiently trustworthy to appoint as your attorney.
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Further information about LPAs
For further information about LPAs, please visit the GOV.UK website