Lasting Powers of Attorney and Advance Decisions

Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) documents allow you to decide who should make decisions on your behalf should you lose the capacity to manage your affairs in your lifetime. It is the formal legal authority needed to make decisions on your behalf as, contrary to popular belief, your loved ones or next of kin will not automatically be legally entitled to act for you.
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There are two types of LPA, one concerns decisions about your Health & Welfare such as consenting to medical treatments or selecting a care package, and the other governs your Property & Financial Affairs such as selling property or paying bills.

You can select the same or different attorneys for each LPA and include guidance, preference or instructions to ensure any decisions they make on your behalf reflect your wishes and values accurately. Further information can be found in our guidance note Lasting Powers of Attorney.

An Advance Decision (sometimes known as an Advance Directive or a Living Will) allows you to explain to your family, carers and health professionals your decisions about refusing specific medical treatments in certain circumstances, should you become incapable of making those decisions personally. They can be prepared in conjunction with a Health & Welfare LPA.

Advance Decision £150 plus VAT

Our fixed fees for completing straightforward LPAs for individuals or couples preparing those in “mirror” terms are set out below and include the cost of submitting the completed LPA documents to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) for registration. However, there will be an additional fee payable to the OPG of £82 per LPA document, which is not included in our fixed fee.

It is unusual for an LPA to be charged at a higher fee than the fixed fees set out below, but there may be circumstances where very detailed guidance or instructions are to be included and a higher fee is warranted for the additional drafting required. If so, that will be discussed with you at the initial appointment and agreed before any chargeable work is undertaken.

Type Description Price
Single LPA Either Property & Financial Affairs or Health & Welfare £400 plus VAT
Single LPAs Both Property & Financial Affairs and Health & Welfare £575 plus VAT
Mirror LPAs Either Property & Financial Affairs or Health & Welfare. £575 plus VAT
Mirror LPAs Both Property & Financial Affairs and Health & Welfare £900 plus VAT

If you don’t have an LPA or an Advance Decision and would like to consider the options available, please contact Joe Richardson on 01323 401401 or by email at to arrange a free 15-minute consultation to discuss your needs.