As Jack Straw said, when he was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice :
“We all know how important it is to plan for the future. Having a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in place should be as common and natural as making a Will. It ensures that a person of your choosing will be able to manage your affairs should you lose capacity, be it as a result of dementia, mental illness or an accident.”
If you lose mental capacity (the ability to make decisions for yourself) and do not have a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), legal courts decide how you will be cared for. Although your family can win the right to make such decisions, doing so is a long, complicated and painful experience, as explained in this short documentary broadcast on The One Show.
Did you know?
If you want your wishes about how you are cared for (should you lose the ability to communicate them) to be honoured, you need a LPA.