5 Key Reasons to have a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare

1.Your next of kin does not have an automatic right to make decisions about your Health and Welfare

2.This covers decisions about medical treatment you receive, where/how your receive care, where you live, what you eat/drink and so on.

3.A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for Health and Welfare is a legal document that allows you to choose a trusted friend, relative or professional to act on your behalf to make decisions about your Health and Welfare if you lose capacity

4.The LPA includes a specific instruction relating to life sustaining treatment; if there is no attorney appointed, then Doctors could withdraw or continue life sustaining treatment against your wishes without consulting with the Court

5.It has become increasingly difficult for medical staff to check every decision relating to Health and Welfare with family members unless there is a specific attorney appointed


For further information, please call Laura Willis – Wills, Trusts and Probate Associate on 0161 926 1538