Lasting Power of Attorney
A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more people to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf if you have an accident or an illness and cannot make your own decisions.
A lasting power of attorney is an entirely separate legal document from your will, although many people put it in place while getting their will written as part of planning for the future.
Property & Finance
A financial decisions LPA lets your attorney handle (and make decisions about) your money and property. This can include paying your bills, selling your property, collecting your pension, and collecting your benefits.
A health and welfare LPA lets your attorney make decisions about your medical treatment and day-to-day care. This can include where you live, what you eat, what medical treatment you receive, and appointments such as beauty and other personal support.
Health & Welfare
Would we still need Power of Attorney if we were married or lived together?
YES, being married makes you each other's next of kin, but it doesn't legally allow you to make decisions for each other should one of you become sick.
What happens if we don't set it up and one of us becomes sick?
Your partner would have to apply to the court to look after your health, welfare and financial needs; this process is costly, it can take years to be granted, and you could be locked out of your finances.
Can we have more than one attorney and include our children as attorneys?
Yes, you can have several attorneys with designated responsibilities, including your partner, children, or family friend, as long as they are 18 and over.