Powers of Attorney Solicitors
A Lasting Power of Attorney is the only way to ensure that the people you trust are in a position to deal with your property, affairs and personal welfare in circumstances where you are unable to do so.
You will want to ensure that those who love you can care effectively for you. It is something which will hopefully never be needed but if it is, expensive and time consuming court applications will be avoided and your attorneys can deal with your affairs and welfare immediately (subject to registration at the Office of Public Guardian).
Do you want to ensure that the right people can easily:
- Ensure your bills are paid;
- Make sure your savings and investments continue working for you as you want;
- Deal with all necessary transactions subject to any restrictions and conditions that you decide appropriate
- Act in your best interests and ensure that your wishes regarding medical care are carried out.
We can help you
Our private client department is experienced in dealing with issues involving care and support needed for elderly people and those with disabilities.
Whether you are worrying about your own situation or concerned about your close family, our team will help ensure that your wishes are respected and your mind put at ease.
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a document which gives somebody you trust (your attorney) the power to deal with your property and financial affairs, or make decisions about your health and welfare, for example where you live or your medical care. This is an important safeguard for the future meaning that your appointed attorney(s) can quickly begin to act on your behalf should you lose the capacity to manage your own affairs or make decisions for yourself, due to old age or poor health.
We offer a fixed fee for preparation and registration of both types of LPA (Property and Financial Affairs/Health and Welfare). If you wish us to prepare both documents we offer a significantly reduced price.
Preparing your LPA now is a cheaper and simpler process than appointing a Deputy later on.
If the person you wish to help has already lost their capacity then we can help you apply to the Court to be appointed their Deputy. A Deputy is a person appointed by the Court of Protection to make decisions on behalf the person who lacks capacity. A Deputy has the power to make decisions about the property and financial affairs and health and welfare of that person.
If you made an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) prior to the introduction of LPAs then the EPA remains valid and your chosen attorney(s) can help you to manage your property and affairs (but not make decisions about your personal welfare). Should you show signs of losing capacity then your attorney(s) are under a duty to register the EPA with the Office of the Public Guardian. We can of course assist with the registration process and also in preparing an LPA to take effect alongside your EPA. This will mean that your attorney(s) can deal with decisions about your health and welfare (under the LPA) in addition to managing your property and affairs (under the EPA).