Our support often starts with a chat on the phone when our team help you identify the right option for you based on your circumstances. Alternatively, you can make an appointment to visit our office where we can talk through the process on a one to one basis.
We offer a range of support services from making certified copies of your existing LPA's to completing the forms with you and sending them to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.
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Anyone can lose the capacity to make decisions and arrangements for themselves. Although more frequent in old age, it is not just limited to older adults. We could be incapacitated suddenly at any time by a serious accident or health emergency.
In these cases it would be difficult to pay bills, manage a bank account or let health professionals know your wishes about your care. A Lasting Power of Attorney answers all of these.
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that gives:
There are two types of LPA. You can register one or both:
Property and Financial Affairs
You choose one or more people you trust who are allowed to make decisions about money and property for you, such as dealing with utilities or insurance, benefits claims, etc.
This does not stop you from managing your financial affairs yourself, it simply gives you control over which ones you wish to deal with and which you want someone else to help with.
Health and Welfare
A Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney can only be activated if you are no longer able to make your own decisions and covers decisions such as: your daily routine, for example: what to wear, hair care, diet choices; medical care; moving into a care home; refusing life-sustaining treatment
Anyone over 18 years of age who has mental capacity. It is advisable that every adult has a LPA in place.
Attorneys are people who are chosen by the person making the LPA to manage their affairs for them. They can be family members or friends, or professionals such as a solicitor. However, attorneys must be over the age of 18 and for the Financial LPA they cannot be currently classed as bankrupt.
Please note that Lasting Power of Attorney applications can be undertaken independently without recourse to ourselves or a solicitor. Further information is also available at the Office of the Public Guardian. If you decide to take this route, we suggest that you download the forms and save them on your computing device, rather than filling them in ‘on-line’ in case you want to amend them and because you need to print them for signatures.
This is a lengthy process, once the LPAs have been sent to the Office of the Public Guardian they can take several weeks to be returned. Applications can take around four months to process from start to finish. It is for this reason that we would recommend you get an LPA in place as early as possible.
If the person you care for or look after has already lost mental capacity, you will need to apply to the Court of Protection.
Much like a Property and Financial Affairs LPA, this enables you to manage another person’s finances and property. However in this case the decision making authority is handed over by a Court rather than the individual.
The process can be long, complex and expensive
We are unable to support you with Court of Protection applications, instead we will refer you to Carlisle Carers who will: