An LPA allows you (the Donor) to indicate your personal choice of a trusted person(s) who can automatically step forward to act on your behalf if a doctor certifies that you have lost mental capacity.
Making an LPA also allows your loved ones to avoid having to $5,000 to $10,000 in legal fees to obtain a court order to make decisions on your behalf. This can avoid potential disputes within the family about who should make your decisions for you.
It also allows your Donee to immediately start managing your matters (personal welfare and/or property & affairs) instead of having to wait for the entire court process of appointing a deputy before any action can be take which may take as long as six months.
This means much quicker access to your bank accounts and insurance payouts to ensure that they can pay for your medical care and your upkeep.
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Video: Why Should You Make an LPA?
Published on 15th September, 2016 by Lee Ben-Jie Bamby
The LPA is a legal document which allows a person who is at least 21 years old (“Donor”), to appoint one or more persons (“donees”) whom he trusts to be reliable, competent and capable to make decisions and act on his behalf should he lose mental capacity.
Published on 21st December, 2016 by Lee Ben-Jie Bamby
If a person does not make an LPA and loses his mental capacity, his family members would have to apply to the Family Justice Courts for a court order to give them the right to make decisions on his behalf.
Published on 10th March, 2017 by Lee Ben-Jie Bamby
Under the Mental Capacity Act, a person is deemed to lack mental capacity if he is “unable to make a decision for himself in relation to the matter because of an impairment of, or a disturbance in the functioning of, the mind or brain”.