Unless stated otherwise this is only to be used once capacity is lost
Unfortunately, it cannot be assumed that your spouse/partner can just step up and make decisions when you are unable to. You can therefore see how important it is (and how much easier!) to have an LPA in place giving the people that you trust the control to make decisions for you when you are unable to.
From the initial call to the registered Lasting Powers of Attorney being delivered, the whole process (including home consultations to go through the Lasting Powers of Attorneys and any discussions with your proposed Attorneys) can be completed within three months. The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) take around 8-10 weeks to process the application and so a three-month time period allows for the OPG to check and register the Lasting Power of Attorney and for us to receive this and deliver back to you ready for use.
When we deliver your Lasting Power of Attorney we will also give you information as to how the Lasting Power of Attorney can, and should, be used as well as answer any questions that you have.
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