The importance of making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

The recent BBC article relating to Bradley Visser's case has highlighted the importance of making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for Personal Welfare.  (

Bradley Visser crashed his electric skateboard near his home in Oxfordshire and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury.  His wife, Annie, had been granted an LPA on his behalf in which Bradley stated that he did not wish to be left alive if he was living with severe brain damage.  Annie was then able to present this legal document to the hospital giving her the power to make these decisions on behalf of her husband.  Bradley’s life support was then turned off and he passed away two days after his accident.  Annie now wishes to spread the word about how important the Personal Welfare LPA is, going so far as to say that if she hadn’t have had it she “wouldn’t have been able to get out of bed in the morning”. 

A Personal Welfare LPA lets you choose someone you trust to speak on your behalf if you are not able to do so in the event you lose mental capacity or, like Bradley, are in an accident.  The person you choose can make decisions as to your medical care, daily routine and, if necessary, life sustaining medical treatment.  If you did not put this document in place then, although your loved ones would have a say, these decisions would be taken by medical staff and other people with no personal knowledge of your wishes. 

If you wish to make an appointment to discuss your Personal Welfare LPA then please get in touch and we would be delighted to help you put your mind at rest that your family will be able to carry out your wishes without difficulty.