Is making a Lasting Power of Attorney as important as making a Will?

The short answer is yes. Wills provide certainty and convenience at the time of someone's death. But even if you die without a will there are rules which govern how your assets are divided and who they are given to.

If you lose your capacity or the ability to make your own decisions and you have not made any provision, then problems quickly occur and the legal fix is long-winded and costly.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) provides certainty and reassurance. Think of it as a one-off insurance policy, putting those you love and trust in the driving seat should the worst happen, for example through a stroke, dementia, a critical illness or accident, or simply have sight or hearing difficulties.

Many people put off making LPAs thinking it will never happen to them. It is true that you might make one and never need it. However, if your circumstances change then a registered LPA lets the people you trust get to work from day one of your illness with full authority to act for you. We believe an LPA is one of the most important services we can offer to you.

For simple, clear advice on your options, please contact our Wills & Probate team by calling 0113 201 4900 or by email us at

Helen Gott

Written by

Helen Gott

Director & Head of Wills & Probate

Helen is a solicitor, Director and Head of the Wills & Probate department at Emsleys Solicitors. Since qualifying in 2010, Helen has specialised exclusively in the area of Wills & Probate and is described as "very knowledgeable" in The Legal 500 2018-19. Helen is an expert in wills,...

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