A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets the donor appoint one or more people (known as 'attorneys') to help them make decisions or to make decisions on their behalf. This gives the donor more control over what happens to them should an accident or illness inhibit their own decision making (i.e. lack of mental capacity).
A donor must be 18 or over and have mental capacity at the time of making the LPA.
There are 2 types of LPA:
- Health & Welfare
- Property & Financial Affairs
You can choose to make one type or both.
The donor can choose one or more people to be their attorney. If multiple attorney's are appointed, the donor must decide whether they will make decisions separately or together.
An attorney needs to be 18+ and could be:
- A relative
- A friend
- A professional, for example a solicitor
- The donor's spouse or partner
Prices for one person range from £200 - 364**
Prices for a couple range from £300 - 628**
*Costs are dependent on eligibility for court fee exemption.
**A non-refundable £50 deposit will be required when booking initial appointment.