Understanding Lasting Power of Attorney: Safeguarding Your Future with Haighs

Understanding Lasting Power of Attorney: Safeguarding Your Future with Haighs

As we navigate through life, it's essential to plan for the unexpected and ensure our interests are protected, even if circumstances change. One crucial aspect of this planning is appointing a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). At our reputable solicitors firm in Mirfield, we recognise the significance of LPAs and are dedicated to assisting our clients in safeguarding their future and maintaining control over their affairs.

What is Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that grants authority to a trusted individual (known as the "attorney") to make decisions on behalf of another person (the "donor") if they become unable to make those decisions independently. The donor can choose between two types of LPAs:

  1. Health and Welfare LPA: This LPA empowers the attorney to make decisions concerning the donor's healthcare, medical treatments, living arrangements, and other welfare-related matters.
  2. Property and Financial Affairs LPA: This LPA gives the attorney the authority to handle the donor's financial affairs, such as managing bank accounts, paying bills, or selling property, when the donor is unable to do so.

The Importance of Lasting Power of Attorney

Having an LPA in place is crucial for several reasons:

  1. Peace of Mind: Knowing that your affairs are in the hands of a trusted individual of your choosing provides peace of mind, especially in challenging situations.
  2. Protecting Vulnerable Individuals: LPAs are essential for elderly individuals or those facing health issues, ensuring that their wishes are respected and their best interests are safeguarded.
  3. Avoiding Court Intervention: Without an LPA, family members may need to go through the courts to gain legal authority to act on your behalf, which can be time-consuming, expensive, and emotionally draining.
  4. Preventing Financial Mismanagement: A Property and Financial Affairs LPA enables your attorney to handle financial matters responsibly, reducing the risk of mismanagement or exploitation.
  5. Maintaining Control: By choosing your attorney while you are of sound mind, you retain control over who will make decisions for you if you become incapacitated.

The Process of Setting Up an LPA with Us

At Haighs Solicitors, we understand that setting up an LPA can seem daunting. That's why our experienced team is here to guide you through the process with care and expertise:

  1. Consultation: We'll start with a personalised consultation to understand your unique circumstances and requirements.
  2. Drafting the LPA: Our skilled solicitors will prepare the necessary legal documents tailored to your specific wishes.
  3. Appointing the Attorney: You'll choose your trusted attorney(s) and specify their powers and responsibilities.
  4. Registration: We'll assist in registering the LPA with the Office of the Public Guardian to make it legally valid.
  5. Safeguarding Your Future: With the LPA in place, you can rest assured that your future is protected and your interests will be represented as per your wishes.


At Haighs, we believe in empowering our clients to take charge of their future by establishing Lasting Powers of Attorney. Our dedicated team is committed to providing professional and compassionate assistance, ensuring that your wishes are honoured and your interests are safeguarded, no matter what life may bring. Take the first step towards securing your future and contact us today to set up your Lasting Power of Attorney. Let us guide you through the process, giving you peace of mind for the years to come. If you would like help creating a Lasting Power of Attorney or if you require advice relating to them, please do not hesitate to contact Nick on 01924 489197 or email nick@haighssolicitors.co.uk