Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) has published an article containing worrying statistics about the lack of advance legal planning by the elderly. The report, published with data from the Centre for Future Studies, found that 12 million Britons are at high risk of future incapacity, and have not planned to ensure that their wishes are carried out by creating a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). Another shocking statistic reveals that 63% of people believe that their spouse can make medical decisions for them should they become incapacitated. This is incorrect. Only medical practitioners and care professionals acting in your best interest have the authority to make the final medical and care decisions for you, with or without the consent of your spouse or relatives, should you not be able to make them yourself. In the event of a dispute between the professionals and family members a Court of Protection application must be made which can take many months and prove costly. The most secure way to ensure that your wishes are carried out, and that the people who make decisions about your affairs are the people you would choose, is to create a LPA .
What is an LPA?
A LPA is a legal document which names people to make decisions about your financial affairs, or for your health, if you become incapacitated. The people chosen are referred to as your Attorneys.
Who can be an Attorney?
An Attorney can be anyone over the age of 18 who is not bankrupt and has mental capacity. We suggest that the attorney is a person that you trust and has your best interests at heart. This is often a relative, spouse or close friend. Another option is to appoint a solicitor who has expertise in acting as an Attorney.
How do I get a LPA?
Fosters Solicitors LLP has a team of experienced solicitors who will advise you to ensure that you have the right information to go ahead. We will then draft the LPA and arrange for it to be signed by you, your chosen certificate provider, who confirms that you are of sound mind, and your Attorney/s. It will then be sent to the Office of the Public Guardian for registration.
Come and See Us
Come and see our dedicated team of professional and friendly solicitors in Norwich, Wymondham & Lowestoft who can put in place a LPA for you to ensure you are left with the peace of mind associated with having your affairs in order.