Your Voice Your Decision

Posted on: Monday 7 June 2021
Jenny Steadman

Did you know that you can apply for a Lasting Power of Attorney at any age?

LPAs are legal documents which allow you to appoint someone to make decisions about your financial affairs or health and welfare when you can no longer make them for yourself.

As part of Carers Week 2021 Torfaen Council is supporting the Office of the Public Guardian's Your Voice Your Decision campaign to raise awareness about LPAs. 

Jenny Steadman, who has two adult children, recently took out a financial LPA.

"I saw how difficult it would be to sort out my parents' affairs if one of them lost capacity and I didn't want that for my children," she said.

"I wanted things to be more straightforward for them so I decided to look into it while I still have mental capacity to make my own decisions. 

"The process was simple. I didn't need to use a solicitor, I just filled in the forms online and printed them off for the individuals to sign."

There are two types of LPAs - financial and health and welfare - and you can appoint between one and four people.

LPAs must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before they can be used. There is a £82 registration fee but you may be eligible for a 50 per cent discount if you are on a low income, or it is free if you are on certain benefits.  

Gill Pratlett, Torfaen Council's Head of Adult Services, Housing and Commissioning, said: "Some people don't consider taking out a Lasting Power of Attorney until they are aware their health is declining, but you can appoint someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf at any age.

"It can help your loved ones to make decisions on your behalf, protect your assets and save money in the long run."

If you would like more advice about Lasting Powers of Attorney visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/office-of-the-public-guardian

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