Looking After "Future Me" - Creating a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

None of us knows what the future holds but there may come a time when we might need help making important decisions or even someone to make those decisions for us.

If you don’t like the idea of strangers deciding what is right for you, you can appoint someone who knows you well and is a lot more likely to understand what you would want. This is called a Lasting Power of Attorney or LPA for short.

An LPA is a legal tool that gives someone of your choosing the authority to make decisions for you, if you ever can’t make them yourself. This person is known as your ‘attorney’ and can manage finances and make choices about your health and welfare. 

This gives you more control over what happens to you if an accident or illness means you can’t make your own decisions. You can set one up yourself or you can get help from a professional legal adviser if you prefer. 

There are two kinds of LPA:

Health and welfare lasting power of attorney

Use this LPA to give an attorney the power to make decisions about things like:

  • your daily routine, for example washing, dressing, eating
  • medical care
  • moving into a care home
  • life-sustaining treatment

It can only be used when you’re unable to make your own decisions.

Property and financial affairs lasting power of attorney

Use this LPA to give an attorney the power to make decisions about money and property for you, for example:

  • managing a bank or building society account
  • paying bills
  • collecting benefits or a pension
  • selling your home

It can be used as soon as it’s registered, with your permission.

You can make a lasting power of attorney (LPA) online or using paper forms.

Either way, you need to get other people to sign the forms, including the attorneys and witnesses.

You can get someone else to use the online service or fill in the paper forms for you, for example a family member, friend or solicitor.

You must register your LPA or your attorney won’t be able to make decisions for you. While it is free to write and save your LPA, it costs £82 to register an LPA unless you get a reduction or exemption.

There is lots of information online at https://www.gov.uk/lasting-power-attorney-duties but we are holding a series of events about LPAs in North East Lincolnshire where you can listen to experts and ask any questions face to face.

These are in two parts and are aimed at:

  • People who want to set up an LPA (Part 1)
  • People who have been given this important role by a friend or relative (or have been appointed to a similar role by a Court) and would like to understand more about it (Part 2).
Wednesday January 10

5pm to 7pm

Part 1 5-5.45pm, Part 2 6-6.45pm

Centre 4, 17A Wootton Rd Grimsby DN33 1HE
Friday January 19 

1pm to 3pm

Part 1 1-1.45pm, Part 2 2-2.45pm
 

Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Grimsby DN31 1HU
Wednesday January 24

9:30am to 11.30

Part 1 9.30-10.15am, Part 2 10.30-11.15am

 Old Library, Civic Centre Pelham Rd, Immingham DN40 1QF
Tuesday January 30 

6pm to 8pm

Part 1 6-6.45pm, Part 2 7-7.45pm
 

 

Masonic Hall (Cromwell Banqueting Suite), 1 Kings Rd Cleethorpes, DN35 0AJ