When To Appoint A Professional To Be Your Attorney For Your Lasting Power Of Attorney

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Appointing a professional as your attorney for your Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a personal decision and depends on various factors. An LPA is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so due to illness or incapacity. Here are some considerations for when to appoint a professional as your attorney:

Complex Financial Affairs

If you have complex financial affairs, investments, or business interests, you may want to consider appointing a professional with expertise in financial matters. This can ensure that your financial interests are managed effectively.

No Suitable Family or Friends

If you don’t have family members or friends whom you feel are capable or willing to take on the responsibility, appointing a professional may be a practical choice. Professionals, such as solicitors or accountants, can act impartially and are experienced in managing legal and financial matters.

Legal or Health Care Decisions

Depending on the type of LPA (property and financial affairs or health and welfare), you may choose to appoint professionals with expertise in the relevant field. For health-related decisions, a healthcare professional or someone with a medical background may be suitable.

Geographical Distance

If your chosen attorneys live far away or in a different country, appointing a local professional can be more practical for quick decision-making and efficient management.

Ensuring Compliance and Accuracy

Professionals, such as solicitors, are trained in the legal requirements and responsibilities associated with being an attorney. They can help ensure that your LPA is drafted accurately and complies with legal standards.

Long-Term Planning

If you are creating an LPA well in advance and anticipate that your attorneys may need to act on your behalf for an extended period, professionals may provide stability and continuity.

Peace of Mind

If you want the peace of mind that comes with having a qualified and experienced professional manage your affairs, especially if they involve complex legal or financial matters, appointing a professional may be the right choice.

It’s important to carefully consider your options and discuss your preferences with the individuals you are considering appointing as attorneys to determine the best approach for your specific situation.  Our private client teams at MJR Solicitors would be happy to discuss with you the implications of your choices and ensure that your LPA meets your specific needs and wishes.  Keep in mind that appointing a professional may involve associated fees, so you should factor that into your decision-making process.

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Mark Riley

Mark Riley is a specialist lawyer offering services in Criminal Law and Professional Misconduct Cases. Mark has studied around the world, including time in Australia. Whilst there he met many amazing and inspirational lawyers. Mark is a passionate advocate and can be found in Courts up and down the Country having practised in Magistrates' Courts, Crown Courts and various Tribunals.
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