Tag Archive: Lasting power of attorney

  1. Got a Pension? You Need an LPA.

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    Long retirements offer so much freedom, and longer lives are helping to contribute to the stretching out of our golden years in the UK. But where some retirees are reaping the rewards of wise investments and sound financial advice, many people are unsure of the best course of action when it comes to accessing their hard-earned pensions.

    Owing to the government’s many changes to the accessibility of our private pensions, there are many retirees who are looking to take out their money early to do the things they’ve always wanted to do. While this is an exciting proposition and what many people have hoped to plan once they’ve finished working, a report published by Zurich UK has stated that around 80% of retirees are potentially facing difficulties later in life due to failing to commit a Lasting Power of Attorney.

    This simple process ensures that your money remains safe and secure, should you be unable to make these important decisions yourself at any point in the future.

    While this is an uncomfortable discussion to have, it’s incredibly important and can ensure your financial security for the coming years, no matter how your situation changes.


    Drawdown over annuities

    The way people are drawing out their pensions has changed. Where once annuities were the favoured method of claiming a pension, individuals are now choosing the drawdown method.

    This essentially means that managing income comes down to the individual. When complex decisions need to be made, this will also be dependent on the individual, making having a Lasting Power of Attorney or LPA even more important.


    Why get an LPA now?

    Organising a Lasting Power of Attorney now helps to make sure you’re ready for anything the future could hold. Here are our top reasons to make sure you’re covered by an LPA as soon as you begin drawing your pension.


    You will secure yours and your family’s immediate future 

    By organising an LPA now, you’re putting safeguards in place that make sure your pension is secure and protected now and in the future.

    Most people with LPAs find this peace of mind is in itself a worthwhile investment. Don’t let planning for the future become a burden.


    Give yourself the power to make your own decisions

    Waiting until you need an LPA can make it harder to create an agreement that suits your complex needs. Your pension is your money – don’t leave it until you might require support in making these important plans.


    Open up your later-life conversation

    Talking about your later life can be a difficult conversation. Don’t avoid it. Provisions for your care and security in later-life are important to set now, so that everything can be implemented as simply as possible.

    Encouraging your family to enter into these conversations with you will also help them to prepare for the future, and enable them to understand your wishes better.

    If you’d like help with setting up your own LPA or would like to talk to our specialist Wills, Probate & LPA team today at 01282 433 241. Alternatively, you can send us an on-line enquiry at drnlaw.co.uk/contact and one of our team will be in touch shortly.


  2. The Importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney

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    The importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney

    A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which allows the “donor” to choose a trusted person or persons (attorneys) to make financial decisions or health and care decisions on your behalf. It is very important to do this whilst you have mental capacity as this is an essential requirement of the procedure.

    Making an LPA is a decision that can be made at any time. However, it should always be made before an individual loses mental capacity.

    Once the LPA is in place it can continue to be used where there is a loss of capacity.


    Loss of Mental Capacity

    Where a Lasting Power of Attorney has not been made the situation becomes more complex.

    An application would then have to be made to the Court of Protection on behalf of the person who had lost mental capacity, to become a court appointed deputy. This process is expensive and time consuming. The Deputy would also remain subject to the requirements of the Court for the lifetime of the patient; this includes payment of annual bond and administration fees and submission of accounts.


    What happens if I do nothing?

    The situation for your family and friends will be much more complicated and you may lose the opportunity to retain control of your affairs by a person of your choice.


    Necessary Action

    Whatever your age, the preparation of an LPA is clearly an important decision to make and you can save a great deal of uncertainty and expense by taking action now. Please contact us on 01282 433241. A member of our Private Client Department will be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have.

    The earlier you make this decision, the less chance there is of you having any mental health issues which could render it impossible for you to appoint a LPA.


    What now?

    Avoid any uncertainty by contacting us. Our Private Client Department will do everything possible to assist you.