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A Power of Attorney (PoA) is a legally binding document that allows someone to make decisions for you, or act on your behalf, if you're no longer able to do so, or if you no longer want to make your own decisions.

There are a number of reasons why you might need someone to make decisions for you or act on your behalf:

  • This could just be a temporary situation if, for example, you were in hospital and needed help with everyday things such as paying bills.
  • Alternatively, you may need to make longer-term plans if, for example, you were diagnosed with dementia and lost the mental capacity to make your own decisions in the future.

If it's just a temporary situation then an Ordinary PoA is likely to be appropriate, however in the case of a more permanent state of affairs then a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) may be needed.  

Why should I set up a LPA?

Putting in place a LPA offers security for you and your loved ones and lets you decide what should happen if old age, illness or injury leaves you unable to deal with your own affairs. This can also reduce the likelihood of family conflicts in the future.
Without this in place, your family and friends may find it difficult to manage your affairs and they may not know your wishes.


How can the Family Building Society help?

We have partnered with specialist legal services provider, Wellers Law Group, to provide our customers and their families with access to a full suite of LPA services to suit your needs and budget.

The Wellers Law Group was established in 1881 and has grown to incorporate a number of very highly regarded legal firms including Wellers Hedleys, based in Surrey, and Wellers Reece-Jones, based in Sevenoaks. Wellers are committed to adding real value, in addressing your legal needs and finding better, more practical answers for you. 

You write a Will to ensure your wishes are carried out when you die so why wouldn't you want to ensure you are protected in life?


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