Court of Protection
There may be many reasons that an individual is unable to make decisions for themselves. This is a situation that is frequently encountered in the context of brain injury claims.
What is Lasting Power of Attorney?
Lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a document prepared by a solicitor, granting one or more people the power to make decisions about your affairs in the event that you are incapacitated by illness or injury. Commonly this is required in brain injury cases.
Typically an LPA document is put together while you are capable. There are two key types:
- Health & Welfare: Grants an appointed individual (attorney) the right to make decisions about your care and wellbeing if you are incapacity.
- Property & Financial: Gives an appointed person the rights to make decisions about your financial affairs, assets and property. This can be acted upon even if you have mental capacity.
How long does Power of Attorney last?While you are mentally able, you can cancel the document or make changes to it. For instance, if your incapacitation is temporary, you may cancel the LPA when you regain capacity.
How we can help with Lasting Power of AttorneyWe can register a Lasting Power of Attorney, apply for a deputyship, act as a professional deputy or offer you advice on your duties if you are a deputy.
Dawn Parkes and Caroline Billings of our Private Client team work in close conjunction with our Personal Injury litigation specialists to provide a tailored service dealing with both Court of Protection, trusts, and litigation issues seamlessly, all under one roof.
Please contact one of the team to discuss your specific requirements.
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