A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document allowing you to appoint one or more people to make important decisions for you if there comes a time when you're no longer able to. You can appoint a trusted friend, relative or professional as your attorney. There are two types of LPA. Skipton can help you arrange both.
Property and Financial Affairs LPA
This enables your attorney to manage your property and financial affairs while you still have capacity, as well as when you lack capacity. This includes things like paying bills, collecting any income and benefits, and selling your house. In Scotland, this type of POA is called Continuing Power of Attorney.
Health and Welfare LPA
This allows your attorney to make decisions regarding your personal healthcare and welfare in line with your expressed wishes, when you lack capacity to make them yourself. This includes things like decisions on treatment, care, medication and where you live. In Scotland, this type of POA is called a Welfare Power of Attorney.
How to arrange a POA
You may still be able to arrange a POA if you've already had a diagnosis of dementia. However, you'll need to choose someone to provide a certificate confirming you understand the significance and purpose of it, and possibly a letter from your GP or consultant. Visit our Power of Attorney page to find out more.