A Lancashire law firm is reporting a surge in enquiries regarding Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs).
An LPA is a document which gives legal authority to a chosen person or persons, so that they are allowed to make decisions on an individual’s behalf if they become incapable of doing so.
There are two types of LPA, one relating to health and welfare and the other property and financial affairs.
Victoria Taylor, solicitor in the Wills & Estate Planning team at Napthens, reveals more people are recognising the importance of such documents. Where there is no LPA in place, family members and loved ones have no authority to act on a relative’s behalf in the event of illness or incapacity.
The news comes as The Ministry of Justice launches a ‘planning for the future’ campaign to raise public awareness of LPAs.
She said: “There has been a real increase in enquiries regarding LPAs, as more people are coming to realise how significant they are in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
“Most people are aware of the importance of having a Will, but are generally less aware of LPAs, however it’s a good idea to think about putting both documents in place at the same time.
“There is an association between LPAs and getting older, but illness and accidents can happen at any point, so it is important for people of all ages to think about the future now.
“Failure to have an LPA in place should the worst happen means a potentially distressing situation for family members and loved ones. This could result in complicated legal issues at an already difficult time. Anyone wanting further information should contact their legal advisor to discuss.”