A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to choose who can make decisions for you if, by reason of incapacity, you are not able to make decisions for yourself.
There are two types of LPA.
Financial Decisions LPA
A Financial Decisions LPA allows a person to delegate decisions about money and property.
This includes, for example:-
- Managing a Bank or Building Society account
- Paying bills
- Collect benefits or pension
- Selling your home
Health Care Decisions LPA
A Health Care Decisions LPA enables a person to delegate decisions relating to their health care or personal welfare to a third party.
Decisions about the individual’s welfare can only be taken by the Attorney if the individual lacks capacity.
Although a Health Care Decisions LPA may extend to giving or refusing consent to treatment the Attorney does not have power to give or refuse consent to life sustaining treatment unless the LPA specifically allows this.
A Health Care Decisions LPA is always subject to anything that may be contained in an Advance Decision (commonly known as a Living Will or Advance Directive).
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