Lasting Power of Attorney
Completion and registration of
Lasting Power of Attorney documentation
‘Helping you stay in control of your future’
What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
- Authority for someone of your choice (Attorney) to take responsibility for your affairs if you suffer an accident, illness or other incapacity which means you are no longer able to manage your own affairs on a temporary or permanent basis.
- Guidance to enable decisions to be made about your affairs based on your wishes.
- Information about your wishes in respect of medical treatment or ongoing care.
- Reassurance that your affairs can be managed without involvement of the Court of Protection.
- Comfort that someone you know and trust will care for you and your affairs.
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney:
Why should I complete and register a Lasting Power of Attorney?
Anyone can lose the capacity to make decisions and arrangements for themselves. Although more frequent in old age, it is not just limited to older adults. We could be incapacitated suddenly at any time by a serious accident or health emergency.
In these cases, it would be difficult to pay bills, manage a bank account or let health professionals know your wishes about your care.
Who can make a Lasting Power of Attorney?
Anyone over 18 years of age who has mental capacity
How can we help?
Our consultants at Carer Support South Lakes will:
- Arrange a home appointment with one of our friendly, experienced consultants to suit you
- Explain the decisions you need to make (we will not offer advice)
Guide you and your attorneys in completing the necessary registration documents
- Answer all your questions
- Submit the completed LPAs to the Office of the Public Guardian on your behalf
- Respond to and resolve any queries raised by the Office of the Public Guardian
- Keep you informed of progress
Alternatively you may wish to arrange an appointment at our Kendal office during normal hours.
How much does it cost?
Please see our separate fee document.
When should I do it?
The sooner the better. It is advisable that every adult has LPAs in place.
What if it is too late for a Lasting Power of Attorney?
If the person applying to register on LPA may have already lost mental capacity, don’t worry you will need to apply to the Court of Protection regarding decisions and we can refer you to colleagues in our legal team at Carlisle Carers or to local legal specialists who will be able to help you if you wish.