What is a lasting power of attorney
A lasting power of attorney is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf.
This allows you more control over what happens to you if you have an accident or an illness and cannot make your own decisions and lack mental capacity.
Different types of Lasting Power of Attorney
There are two different types of Lasting Power of Attorney. One deals with property and finances, whilst the other deals with health and welfare.
Lasting Power of Attorney dealing with property and financial matters can make decisions for you and on your behalf about all financial matters, this can include things such as selling your home, dealing with any benefits, your bank accounts or investments and being be able to pay bills on your behalf.
Lasting Power of Attorney dealing with health and welfare aspects. This includes making decisions such as where you live, whether in care or otherwise, what you can eat and even the clothes you wear. This only comes in to effect when a person loses there mental capacity.