Common Errors When Drafting LPAs   Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) are complex legal documents and care must be taken when drafting them to ensure they are completed correctly. The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) will reject any forms that are incorrect and that don’t meet their standards. This can cause unnecessary delays and…

Many of you will have seen Alan Shearer’s documentary ‘Football, Dementia and Me’ on BBC One last Sunday.  Dementia is seemingly prevalent in retired footballers, so much so that studies are being conducted into whether there is any link between heading a football and dementia in later life. Alan Shearer, who over the course of…

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document that allows you to choose someone you trust to make decisions for you in the event that you are unable to make them yourself (for example if you lost capacity). These people are referred to as your attorneys. There are two types of LPA. You don’t have…

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that grants a person or people the power to make decisions on another person’s behalf. Having an LPA will save the family a lot of time and stress in the event of loss of capacity. If capacity is lost without any LPA in place, family…

Making gifts under an LPA Are you an attorney under a Property and Financial Affairs LPA? With Christmas upon us it is important to understand what authority you have as an attorney to make gifts on behalf of the donor at this time. Under section 12 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 an attorney may…

Reminder – Lasting Power of Attorney.  The Office of the Public Guardian released new forms on Wednesday 1st July (2015).  The deadline for switching to the new Lasting Power of Attorney forms is Friday 1st January 2016.  After this date all new Lasting Power of Attorneys must be made using the new forms.  The old…