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Lasting Power Of Attorney Solicitors
A Power of Attorney is a legal document whereby a person (the Donor) gives authority to one or more persons they trust (called the Attorney(s)) to act on their behalf and to make decisions with regard to their financial affairs and/or their personal welfare. There can be an ordinary power of attorney or a lasting power of attorney.
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document where a person (the Donor) appoints a trusted person (the Attorney) to act and make decisions on their behalf concerning their legal matters, financial matters and health, if the Donor is not longer able to. For example, if the Donor is affected by a mental disorder or is incapacitated in a coma, their Attorney can carry out their wishes for them. There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney: Property and Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney, which allows the Attorney to make decisions about the Donor’s finances such as include recovering income, collecting benefits from the government, selling and purchasing property, paying bills and other decisions relating to the management of property.
The second type of LPA is the Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney, which allows Attorney to make decisions about the Donor’s health care and welfare, such as deciding where the Donor should live or making a decision about medical treatment. Every LPA must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used.
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Salma carries out a broad range of private client work which include the all wills and probate work. Her expertise is in estate planning matters.
Lasting powers of attorney are rights given by you, to someone else to make decisions on your behalf if you become impaired in some way and unable to make decisions yourself. This could be decisions about your finances or your care in the future. A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is something we hope you’ll never need to use, but if you ever do come to need it then it is utterly invaluable. There are a number of very sad cases, where people have regretted not granting or being granted an LPA. For example, the tragic case of Heather Bateman. Heather and her husband had been married for years, had both written Wills and both had their names on the deeds to their house. When her husband was hit by a car and fell into a coma, she needed access to his funds in order to continue to support her family. Yet, as her husband Michael had never granted her LPA, Heather had an enormously expensive, 3 year legal battle during an incredibly challenging time.
It’s never nice to plan for the worst but organising Lasting Powers of Attorney can protect you and your loved ones from extortionate bills and lots of bureaucratic heartache should the time ever come where you might need to use it. We can help you to put together a Lasting Power of Attorney. Please contact us for more information.
This is the person who you have nominated to look after your affairs.
These are people you have asked to be notified when your Lasting Power of Attorney is to be registered.
This is the person who will look after your affairs if your first nominated attorney is not able to act.
Yes, you can. In fact you can appoint as many attorney as you want, although they must be over the age of 18. You may not be able to check up on your attorney if you become mentally incapable, so it can be a good idea to appoint more than one person to help prevent possible abuse of responsibility.
It is important that you choose a person/people who you can trust to act in your best interests.
If you are appointing attorney under the Property and Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney they must not be bankrupt.
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney:
i) Property & Affairs – allows your appointed attorney to make decisions about your property and affairs, for example paying utility bills or selling your property.
ii) Personal Welfare – allows your attorney to make decisions about your personal welfare for example where you should live.
No, only you can make the Lasting Power of Attorney.
No, the Lasting power of Attorney must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used.
It is not essential that a Lasting Power of Attorney is registered immediately. It can wait until there is an indication that it may be needed. However, as it can take around 2 months for the registration process to be completed by the Office of the Public Guardian, this delay should be taken into consideration.
Yes he can, but consider whether it is suitable for him to be an attorney. What would happen if an emergency arose and the attorney was need at once?
Yes, you can cancel a Lasting Power of Attorney – providing you have the mental capacity to do so.
A single Lasting Power of Attorney costs £250.00 plus VAT, or a pair of Lasting Powers of Attorneys cost £450 plus VAT. This fee does include completing the registration process, however does not include disbursements such as the Office of the Public Guardians registration fee (currently £110, but a fee exemption may be available depending on your circumstances).
Will Writing Fees
Basic Single Will: £150*
Basic Mirror Will: £250*
Complicated Will: from £450*
LPA & Probate
Probate: from £800 (excluding disbursements)
Single LPA: £250
Fees inclusive of VAT and disbursements
N.B. provided simple and straightforward