Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
Appointing Attorneys in a Health and Welfare LPA
A Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to appoint attorneys and reserve attorneys to act on your behalf should you lose mental capacity and become unable to make your own decisions in regards to your health and personal welfare.
How many attorneys can you have?
You can appoint one attorney to act on their own, or two or more attorneys which can either act together, or individually. You can also appoint reserve attorneys in case the attorneys are unable or unwilling to act at the time.
How does an attorney make decisions?
You might write instructions into your Lasting Power of Attorney that they must follow. You can also put information into the LPA that they should consider when making decisions. You can allow attorneys to make decisions in some areas and not others. You might decide to appoint professional attorneys if there could be infighting within your family when important decisions need to be made, or if you worry that you do not wish to put the responsibility on your family or even that attorneys might not make decisions in your best interests.
Registering a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney
It takes up to ten weeks to register a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney, and it cannot be used until it has been registered. This is why we recommend it is registered as soon as it is made. Our Professional LPA service involves dealing with the registration as well as completing the Health and Welfare LPA document.
What if the Health and Welfare LPA goes missing?
If the Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney is registered, then an office copy can be ordered and used in the same way as the original - however it may take many weeks to arrive, and there is a cost for the replacement.
If the document is not registered, then a new document will need to be made. This can only happen if the Donor (the person who the LPA will be for) still has mental capacity.
What types of decisions might a Health and Welfare Attorney make?
- Decisions about medical treatment.
- Decisions like where you are cared for
- Decisions about the type of care you receive
- Day to day decisions including what you eat, how you dress and your daily routine.
Life sustaining treatment decisions
You can decide whether your attorney can make life sustaining treatment decisions. If you do not do this then decisions will be made by your healthcare team, or your living Will, should you have one.
Your attorney is legally obliged to make decisions which are in your best interests.There are safeguards in place to ensure that they do.
Goodwills Wilts and Glos price check
Goodwills Wilts and Glos One LPA from £89 (one document)
Co-operative Legal Services One LPA: £270 (one document)
Goodwills Wilts and Glos Both LPAs from £178 (two documents)
Co-operative Legal Services Both LPAs from £540* (two documents)
The above prices are for one person. If you are a couple then the following will apply:
Goodwills Wilts and Glos One LPA Each £178 (two documents)
Co-operative Legal Services One LPA Each: £450 (two documents)
Goodwills Wilts and Glos Both LPAs Each £356 (four documents)
Co-operative Legal Services Both LPAs from £828 (four documents)
* Prices correct as of 24th November 2019. All prices include VAT as applicable. Further information about what is included in our standard prices can be found in the question and answer section below. For all LPA's a registration fee of £82 for each LPA is due in addition to the above, made payable to the Office of Public Guardian. This fee may be waived by the OPG depending on your income and benefits you received.