Choosing the Right Person for Your LPA

Choosing the Right Person for Your LPA

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We understand the importance of having a trusted person to make decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so yourself. This is where a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) becomes essential. An LPA allows you to appoint someone to handle your affairs, giving you peace of mind that your wishes will be followed even if you are no longer able to communicate them.

Choosing the right person to act as your LPA is a critical decision. It’s important to select someone who is responsible, trustworthy and has your best interests at heart. This person will be making significant decisions about your property, finances, health, and welfare, so careful consideration is necessary.

Our goal is to provide you with clear and simple guidance to help you make an informed choice. This includes understanding the role of an LPA, identifying the qualities to look for in a candidate, asking the right questions, and knowing the steps to officially appoint your chosen LPA. Making the right choice now can ensure your future needs are met according to your preferences and values.

Understanding the Role of an LPA

An LPA, or Lasting Power of Attorney, is a legal document that lets you appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf if you are no longer able to do so yourself. This person you appoint is called the attorney. There are two types of LPAs: Property and Financial Affairs and Health and Welfare. Both play crucial roles in ensuring your life runs smoothly when you cannot make decisions independently.

With a Property and Financial Affairs LPA, your attorney can manage your assets, pay your bills, and handle your financial transactions. On the other hand, a Health and Welfare LPA enables your attorney to make decisions about your medical care, living arrangements, and daily routine. Understanding these responsibilities is key to ensuring you choose the right person who can handle these tasks effectively.

Qualities to Look for in an LPA

Choosing the right person to act as your LPA is essential. You should consider various qualities to ensure your chosen attorney will act in your best interest. Trustworthiness is paramount; the person must be someone you can rely on to make decisions aligned with your wishes. They should be responsible and organised, as managing finances or making health decisions requires careful attention to detail.

Communication skills are also important. Your attorney will need to interact with medical professionals, financial institutions, and potentially your family members. Being able to communicate clearly and effectively will help ensure your wishes are understood and followed. Moreover, it helps if the person is familiar with your values and preferences, as this knowledge will guide them in making decisions that best reflect your desires.

Questions to Ask Potential Candidates

Selecting the right person to be your Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a decision that requires careful consideration. To ensure you choose the best candidate, it’s imperative to ask the right questions. First, you need to determine if they truly understand and are willing to take on the responsibilities involved. Ask them if they are comfortable making potentially difficult decisions about your finances and health care. This will help ensure they are fully aware of the commitment they are making.

Another crucial question involves their availability and readiness to act when needed. Ask whether they are geographically close enough to manage your affairs effectively or if they can commit the necessary time and effort, especially in emergencies. You should also inquire about their understanding of financial and legal matters, as this will give you an idea of their capability to handle such important responsibilities. We believe these questions can help identify if the candidate is right for the role.

Steps to Officially Appoint Your Chosen LPA

Once you’ve identified the best candidate for your LPA, the next step is to officially appoint them. The process begins with completing the relevant LPA forms, which include specific details about the powers you wish to grant your attorney. These forms must be filled out accurately to ensure they are legally binding. We provide guidance to help you complete these forms correctly, avoiding any potential errors that could invalidate your LPA.

After the forms are completed, they must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. This registration process is necessary to make the LPA valid. Once submitted, there is a waiting period to allow for any objections. During this time, it’s important to notify all relevant parties, including family members and other interested individuals, about the change. Upon successful registration, your chosen attorney will be authorised to act on your behalf, safeguarding your wishes and ensuring your affairs are managed according to your preferences.


Appointing a Lasting Power of Attorney in the UK is a vital step in planning for your future. By understanding the role, identifying the right qualities in a candidate, asking pertinent questions, and following the correct steps to appoint, you ensure that your financial and healthcare decisions are made by someone you trust. At Sovereign Planning, we understand how crucial these decisions are for your peace of mind and well-being.

Remember, the right LPA will respect your wishes and act in your best interests, maintaining your dignity and ensuring that your affairs are managed properly. If you’re ready to make this important decision or need further assistance, Sovereign Planning is here to help. Let us provide the guidance you need to secure your future and protect your interests. Contact us today to take the next step in safeguarding your personal and financial well-being.

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