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Understanding Lasting Powers of Attorney Mental Capacity Assessment



Mental Cpaaicyt and Lasting Powers of Attorney

Planning for the future and ensuring that your wishes are respected even if you are unable to make decisions for yourself is a reassuring thought. Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) offer precisely that – the ability to choose someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so in the future. Whether it's for financial matters or health and welfare decisions, LPAs provide a legal framework to ensure your interests are protected.


The Power of Lasting Powers of Attorney


A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that grants authority to a chosen person (the attorney) to make decisions on behalf of another person (the donor) in the event of mental incapacity. LPAs provide the flexibility to appoint multiple attorneys and specify how they should work together. There are two main types of LPAs – one for Property and Finance, and the other for Health and Welfare.


How Can Nellie Supports Help with Your Lasting Power of Attorney?


At Nellie Supports, we understand the importance of having an LPA in place. Our experienced, qualified, and registered Social Workers can assist with assessing the mental capacity required for granting Lasting Powers of Attorney for finances and health and welfare. Our specialist team is also well-equipped to provide additional services, including "activating" Lasting Powers of Attorney, acting as Certificate Providers, and providing Witness Services.


What to Expect in a Lasting Power of Attorney Mental Capacity Assessment


Our lasting power of attorney mental capacity assessments typically last around an hour. Our friendly and experienced social workers prioritize creating a comfortable and relaxed experience for the individual being assessed. As accredited expert mental capacity assessors, we ensure that you are in good hands throughout the evaluation process.


Acting as Certificate Provider


If we conduct a lasting power of attorney mental capacity assessment, we can also act as a Certificate Provider for your Lasting Power of Attorney documents at no additional charge. Even in cases where there are no doubts about capacity, we can still act as a lasting power of attorney certificate provider at a reduced cost. This service includes a short report answering the common questions asked by the Office of the Public Guardian should the lasting power of attorney be contested.


Activating an Enduring Power of Attorney


With an Enduring Power of Attorney, we can conduct a mental capacity assessment to determine whether a person has the sufficient mental capacity to manage their finances independently.


Supporting Individuals Lacking Mental Capacity


While we always strive to support individuals in making their own decisions, some individuals may lack sufficient mental capacity to grant a Lasting Power of Attorney due to the severity of their impairment. In such cases, we work to gather enough evidence, where possible, to complete a COP3 Deputyship form. This allows family members or friends to apply for deputyship and make decisions on the individual's behalf.



Lasting Powers of Attorney provide peace of mind and security for the future. With the expert assessment and guidance from Nellie Supports, individuals can confidently create LPAs, knowing their interests will be protected, and their chosen attorneys will be able to act on their behalf if the need arises. Plan for the future with an LPA and ensure your wishes are respected, even if you are unable to make decisions for yourself.

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