A Power of Attorney is a bit like a Will – you often don’t organise one until you need it, and then it’s too late.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows people you trust to make decisions about your health and finances if you lose the capacity to do so yourself. And it’s not enough to be married to someone; even your spouse cannot make those sorts of decisions for you without an LPA.

Just ask Kate Garraway, or read our article about what happened when her husband was incapacitated with Covid. Having your Will and LPAs in place allows you to look after yourself and your loved ones.

When should I organise my Lasting Power of Attorney?

In a recent episode of The Martin Lewis Money Show Live, Martin Lewis makes no bones about the importance of having an LPA.

… a Power of Attorney is more important than a will, because if you die, you die and the money is going to go on to other people and you won’t use it anymore. “But if you lose your faculties, if you lose your ability to look after yourself mentally, then the question is what happens to your finances? And the truth is, let’s say it’s a dementia or an accident or a stroke – severe ones – don’t assume your family can access your moneyMartin Lewis, March 2023

In the same program, he tells a studio guest that 25 is ‘a good age‘ to organise your LPA.

How do I organise my LPA?

Martin says one more thing about arranging your LPA:

The best way to get a Power of Attorney, if you can, is through a solicitorMartin Lewis, March 2023

As you are giving someone so much power over your life when you give them Power of Attorney, it’s important to get it right, and talk to a qualified professional about your decision. Preferably someone who has nothing to gain from your LPA!

How long does it take to arrange a Lasting Power of Attorney?

This is why it’s a good idea to start dealing with your LPA in good time, when you are not in a hurry.

In a previous post, we confidently predicted that delays in LPAs were slowing down. This has sadly not come to pass. The Office of the Public Guardian hoped to get the timescale from application to award of LPA down to 8 weeks, but it looks like it’ll stay at least 20 weeks for some time to come.

Start the process now!

No-one knows when they will need an LPA, just like no-one knows when they will need a valid Will.

So get it all underway now and you’ll be sorted.

Contact us to make an appointment with our Wills and Probate team. We’ll make sure you are covered.

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