What would happen if you were unable to manage your own affairs? Jackson Quinn can help you make provision for someone to look after your affairs in the event that you are unable to deal with them yourself, for any reason.
If someone needs to deal with your affairs on your behalf because you are unable to they will have to apply to the Office of the Public Guardian to be appointed as your Receiver. However you can make provision in advance as to whom you would wish to deal with your affairs should you be unable to.
A Lasting Power of Attorney “LPA” is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more people to help you make decisions or make decisions on your behalf if you became unable to do so in the future.
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney:-
Property and Financial Affairs
A Property and Financial Affairs LPA enables you to appoint one or more persons to make decisions about your property and finances and how these should be managed. You can choose whether the LPA should be used immediately or only if you lose mental capacity in the future. You can also specify what powers the person or people that you appoint as your attorneys should have and any restrictions to such powers.
Health & Welfare
A Health and Welfare LPA enables you to appoint one or more persons to make decisions about issues such as medical care, moving into a care home and life sustaining treatment. This Power of Attorney can only be used if you are assessed as having lost mental capacity.
You must be aware that once the capacity to understand what an LPA is has been lost, one can no longer be made and in that situation your family may wish to consider making an application to the Court of Protection instead. This is a costly and time-consuming process and it is therefore preferable to have prepared an LPA in advance.
Jackson Quinn would be happy to assist in the preparation, execution and registration of a Lasting Power of Attorney and offer a fixed fee service for this work. At your initial appointment we will provide you with a clear timescale as to when your Lasting Power of Attorney(s) will be completed. LPAs can be prepared on an urgent basis should the need arise and home visits can also be undertaken.