Including restrictions or conditions in the LPA allows you to maintain control over certain decisions made for you in the future, even if you do not have the capacity or ability to provide instructions yourself. All restrictions and conditions included in the LPA are legally binding and must be followed by your attorneys.
You can therefore be confident that by including restrictions and conditions in the LPA your wishes will be carried out. For example, if the LPA states that your attorneys must not agree to certain types of treatment which you do not wish to receive, this will ensure that you do not receive that treatment; or you may wish to specify that certain professionals must be consulted when a particular decision needs to be made.
Including restrictions and conditions in this type of LPA will provide you with the peace of mind that if you become unable to make decisions for yourself in the future your wishes and beliefs will be followed.
You can also include guidance in the LPA which, although not legally binding on your attorneys, will express your views on particular matters and may assist them in making decisions in line with what you would have wanted if you were still able to make decisions for yourself.
Examples of this include; your views on certain medical treatments, where you would prefer to live and the type of care you would like to receive.
It is worth bearing in mind that restrictions, conditions and guidance may hamper your attorneys and therefore it is important to think carefully about what you want to include.
If you decide an LPA is not for you, there are other options available to express your wishes.
Other ways of expressing your preferences about future medical treatment include preparing a statement of your wishes, or an advance decision or directive. Please call us to discuss the options available.