Lasting Powers of Attorney What is a Lasting Power of Attorney? A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf. This gives you more control over what happens to you if you have an accident or an illness and can’t make your own decisions (you ‘lack mental capacity’). There are two types of LPA, Property & Financial Affairs LPA and Health & Welfare LPA. The first allows your attorneys to act on your behalf in financial matters such as accessing bank accounts, collecting benefits & pensions, paying bills and even selling your home. The second means they can decide on issues affecting your welfare, e.g. washing, dressing & eating, medical care, moving into a care home and life-sustaining treatment. Just because you have all your faculties doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a LPA. In fact it is the perfect time to arrange one. That is because you can determine who should act on your behalf and when it should come into effect with a rational mind. Leaving it too late could mean your family have to approach the Court of Protection to seek Powers of Attorney which takes time and money. What will McClure do? McClure are currently offering to prepare your LPA for an especially low fee of only £199 and include a Welfare Power of Attorney totally free of charge. If you have a Will, McClure will be able to review it for you at the same time, or prepare a new Will if you don’t already have one. Again these are free of charge. As part of McClure’s commitment to charity, they will make a £30 donation for each Power of Attorney they prepare. What next? If you have any questions, please ring Royal Papworth Charity on 01223 639950. Alternatively, to book an appointment or for more information call McClure on 0800 852 1999 or email [email protected].