With a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) you can make the choice about what should happen in the future if you are not able to look after your own affairs due to mental or physical incapacity.
This is a legal document which is registered with The Office of the Public Guardian. You can make and register an LPA yourself.
There are two types of LPA, one deals with Financial Decisions the other with Health and Care decisions. If you are a carer you may wish to have an LPA for yourself and/or the person you care for.
We know that the process of registration can seem overwhelming so we have developed support services which can be tailored to meet your needs.
You can make an appointment to complete the forms in our office or we can support you to complete the forms by post.
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Jean contacted us after a suggestion from her GP. Jean’s husband Richard had just been given a diagnosis of dementia. On top of coming to terms with that news they were both really worried about how they would manage their finances and household bills as Richard had always managed everything.
“Richard deals all the bills and they are all in his name. I have tried to speak to the electric company before but they always want to speak to the account holder. How will we manage when Richard can’t deal with them?”
Jean and Richard came to see us at West Cumbria Carers office in Cockermouth. After an initial chat they decided to use our service to register both a Finance and Health and Welfare LPA for each of them.
“We decided it would be important for us both to have LPAs. We know we need to get this in place while Richard still can and if anything happened to me Richard would need support. Our sons are pleased to know this is in place.”
Making an LPA now will make things easier for your family and friends in future. It will be more expensive, difficult and time-consuming for them to get the authority to act on your behalf when you are not able to give it.