Two Types Of Lasting Power Of Attorney

There are two types of LPA, one covering health and welfare and the other covering property and financial affairs. You can make an LPA for one or both areas depending on your needs.

Health And Welfare LPA

This LPA can be used to give an attorney the power to make decisions about things like:

  • Your daily routine - washing, dressing, eating etc.
  • Your medical care
  • When to move into a care home
  • Life-sustaining treatment

A health and welfare LPA can only be used when you’re unable to make your own decisions.

Property And Financial Affairs Lasting Power Of Attorney

Use this LPA to give an attorney the power to make decisions about your money and property such as:

  • Managing your bank or building society account(s)
  • Collecting your benefits or pension
  • Paying your bills
  • Selling your home

A property and financial affairs LPA can be used as soon as it’s registered, with your permission. If later then you can decide the criteria for when this will be.