Plan for Your Future, Consider an LPA

A power of attorney is a legal document which allows an appointed person/s to act on your behalf should you lose mental capacity.

Have you considered what might happen if you fall severely ill or succumb to an accident or where dementia is a factor? By having a trusted adult in place to make decisions for you, you are in a better position to protect your assets, your wishes and end-of-life care.

Once an LPA is officially registered, it can remain in place for the rest of the Donor’s life and continues to protect the Donor’s best interests (hence the term ‘lasting’).

LPAs fall into two categories: property & financial affairs and health & welfare.

If a person does not have an LPA in place and they lose mental capacity, the alternative is to apply to the Court of Protection for a deputy to be appointed. Note, the deputy is not chosen by the individual but by the Court. The deputy would be selected because they are seen as the most suitable candidate for managing the individual’s affairs but it is possible for the deputy to have zero relation to the individual – i.e, not a trusted friend or family member. Additionally, the powers given to the deputy are also limited in comparison to what a chosen attorney might have.

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If you are planning for your future and seeking the best legal vehicle for peace of mind, it is worth speaking with one of our team about the benefits of making an LPA, appointing a person/s of your choice.

Please call us on 01323 727321, visit our website or email us on We offer appointments at any of our offices in Eastbourne, Meads, Polegate or Hailsham.

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Please note the above is for information purposes only and is intended to be a short summary.  It should not be treated as a comprehensive guide and should not be acted on without qualified legal advice.