Talking to your children about your LPA

How to talk to your children about your lpa

It might seem like a difficult topic to broach, but talking to your children about your lasting power of attorney is essential.

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document that details who will make important decisions either about your finances or your health and welfare should you lose the capacity to do so in the future.

Why do I need to talk to my children about this?

Talking to your children about the possibility that you may become unable to make your own decisions is difficult. But it is essential that they know what arrangements you have put in place should this happen. The nature of the conversation can be upsetting but, by setting time aside to discuss your plans openly and calmly, can really help.

Anna-Marie says: “Rest assured that you don’t suddenly give up control when you appoint a Lasting Power of Attorney. You decide whether it comes into effect before you lose mental capacity, or only in that event.”

Who should I appoint as my attorney?

You may want to appoint one or more of your children, a good friend or family member or a professional like a solicitor or accountant. The most important thing is that you choose somebody reliable and trustworthy.

You can also appoint someone of your own age such as your spouse.  In this case, you should make it clear who should step in if they become unable to act for you.  

When should I put an LPA in place?

If you are fit and healthy, it may seem a little premature thinking about an LPA.  But should you unexpectedly become unable to make your own decisions, it will be too late.

Anna-Marie says: “Rest assured that you don’t suddenly give up control when you appoint a Lasting Power of Attorney.  You decide whether it comes into effect before you lose mental capacity, or only in that event.”

How can I find out more?

Call us on 01772 427 610 to arrange a free initial consultation with one of our legal specialists.