Decision-Making in LPA

Decision-Making in LPA

In this article, we break down the options available for decision-making within a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).

When setting up an LPA, you have the flexibility to determine how your chosen attorneys will collaborate in decision-making:

Joint and Several Attorneys: In this arrangement, your appointed attorneys can act both collectively and individually. They can make decisions together as a team, pooling their expertise and ensuring efficient decision-making. Additionally, each attorney has the authority to act independently if necessary, providing flexibility, especially in urgent or emergency situations.

Joint Attorneys: Alternatively, you may opt for joint attorneys, where all appointed individuals must reach a unanimous agreement before any decision is made. This approach ensures consensus among your chosen representatives, promoting careful deliberation and shared responsibility in decision-making.

Mixed Attorneys: There exists a third option where attorneys can act jointly for some decisions and severally for others, based on your specific preferences or circumstances. However, this option adds complexity as the person making the LPA must specify which circumstances or decisions require each method of authority. While offering tailored decision-making, this option requires careful consideration and planning.

By understanding these different modes of attorney action, you can tailor your LPA to best suit your needs and preferences, ensuring clarity and security for your future.

Article written by Chris McCrudden, Solicitor, specialising in LPA Law at our Preston, Lancashire office.

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