Health and Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney

Health and Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney

The reason why you need a Health and Welfare LPA is that if you lose mental capacity, your family won’t be able to make decisions about your welfare. A person is judged to have lost mental capacity when they can no longer understand the information needed to make a decision, weigh the information up, retain the information for as long as is necessary to make the decision, and communicate it to others.

Unless you have appointed someone to act on your behalf, the Local Authority and Court of Protection can decide on where you live and how you are cared for without consulting your family.

By setting up a Health and Welfare LPA your Attorney(s) will be able to make the best decisions on your behalf.

They can:

  • liaise with social services about where you want to live
  • ensure that your family or friends are involved in decisions
  • do their utmost to ensure that your wishes are taken into account

If you are seriously ill in hospital, your Attorney will be able to do the following:

  • Prevent you being resuscitated against your wishes
  • Make decisions about your continuing health and welfare if your health is likely to deteriorate progressively

Speak to us today about setting up your Health and Welfare LPA for your peace of mind


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