Financial Decisions LPA to protect

your money and property

Financial decisions for your LPA can include things like paying bills, checking your income from pensions, benefits and investments, and looking after your bank and savings accounts. Ultimately, you may need to sell your house to pay for your care. A Financial LPA will grant your Attorney the necessary authority to do all this for you.

As losing the capacity to manage things yourself can be a gradual process, you may want to make certain decisions, but prefer that your Attorney handles the day-to-day contact with various agencies on your behalf. The Financial LPA makes all this possible.

The Dangers Of Not Having An LPA In Place

If you don’t have an LPA in place and then lose capacity, the situation can arise where no one has the legal authority to make decisions for you. If you’re married or in a civil partnership, you may have assumed that your spouse would automatically be able to deal with your bank account and pensions, and make decisions about your healthcare, if you lose the ability to do so. This is not the case. Without an LPA, they won’t have the authority. The only alternative then is for someone to apply to the Court of Protection to be appointed as a Deputy, which can take months and cost a great deal more than an LPA. Deputies must also pay an annual fee to the Court of Protection and submit an annual report of their actions.

LPAs are created for individuals. But to protect you and your partner, you may want to consider a Mirrored LPA.

The Financial Decisions LPA FAQ’s

There is a Financial Decisions LPA and a Health and Care LPA. The reason for there being two for these separate areas is that whilst most people choose the same Attorneys for both, you do have the option to choose different people if you wish.

 LPA Now Service
 One LPA
 Both LPAs
 Home Visit
 Home Visit Mirror LPAs*
 Telephone Support
 Certified Copy Service
 £15 per LPA
 Secure Storage
 £12 per year

* Mirror LPA – When a couple are seen at the same time and their needs are broadly the same.

Prices include VAT

In addition, there is a fee of £82 to register each LPA charged by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG).

If a donor is in receipt of certain means tested benefits, or has an income of less than £12,000 per annum, they may be entitled to an exemption or remission of the registration fee.  Please call us on 0800 170 1234 for more details.

The simple answer is before it’s too late. Dementia, coma and strokes are the most common reasons why people lose the capacity to make decisions for themselves. Once capacity has been lost, you are no longer allowed to appoint an attorney. This could leave you with no one able to pay your bills, check your income and make crucial decisions about your care and medical treatment. Ultimately, the Court of Protection has to appoint a Deputy instead. In the short term this is usually your Local Authority. Getting a relative appointed as a Deputy after this takes months and costs thousands of pounds, much more hassle and expense than having an LPA already in place.

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