We were advised not to fill in the section, on either LPA, regarding specific wishes with too much or indeed any detail as each situation could be very different and then there is no leeway to deviate from what has been proscribed and you may change your mind as the years progress.
We left those sections empty. We are attorneys for each other, together with our daughters, and have discussed our wishes/feelings with them. Maybe if the attorneys are not close family members it would be better to give an outline of your wishes, but again, not being too definite as once the LPA has been registered I don't think it can be changed, I'll have to check that, and you may have to complete another one.
We have both LPA's. If you don't have one or the other and you are unable, in the future, to make decisions yourself regarding finances and/or health matters, then it is a much longer and far costlier process to apply to the Court of Protection and, in the case of a financial LPA those persons that you do wish to have control over your finances will not have any say. Any application for payment for anything has to be sanctioned by the Court of Protection; I presume the same applies to the health LPA.
If you have already registered one LPA, and I am sure that you are aware that an LPA is not legally binding until it is registered, you will know that even this process is not a quick one.
Just today I was in a bank and mentioned that my OH may not be able to come in to undertake a certain transaction personally and they said that I could not do it for them. I mentioned the LPA and although they want a copy, (they will just have sight of it if it's anything to do with me or I will give them the number and they can check its registration themselves), it was then not a problem for me to act on their behalf.
Personally I find it ludicrous that a spouse or adult offspring has to go through all this palaver to mange the affairs of their next of kin. Another government money making initiative. I do appreciate that there has to be an element of safeguarding for vulnerable people, even with family members, in some instances but then each of us should know if an LPA is needed for us, and for the majority of families it is just a form filling, pretty expensive exercise. A GP could easily attest to the capacity of a person to hand over control of decisions to another family member.