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Lasting Powers of Attorney


Planning ahead in life is always sensible and for many people, the New Year heralds a time when they want to get their affairs in order. A top priority therefore should be to consider well before the time comes, who should make decisions on your behalf should you ever be in a position when you are no longer able to make them for yourself.

So what are the options? A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to appoint someone to make certain decisions on your behalf regarding anything from your finances to health and welfare.

There are a number of reasons that you may wish to make an LPA:

You can choose anyone you wish to be your attorney. Most people will choose a relative or close friend, but you can also ask a professional such as a solicitor. You can also choose to have more than one attorney, in which case you must decide how your attorneys will act. They can either make decisions together or they can act separately, or a combination of the two.

Alex Astley comments: “LPA’s are very important but are often overlooked. I think it is really important and also gives people great peace of mind to know that their future wishes are going to be carried out as they would like. I would advise clients to seek legal advice if they are unsure about how to make an LPA or have questions about who to appoint.”

Alex Astley can be reached at [email protected] 

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