Lasting Power of Attorney Services
This is such an important area and greatly misunderstood by the majority of people. We believe that appointing a power of attorney is just as important as making a Will.
We have considerable experience in this area and we are able to offer a very competitive quality service for completing Lasting Power of Attorney on your behalf.
Everyone should have these in place not just the elderly. If you have a business, a Lasting Power of Attorney is essential.FACT The biggest misunderstanding about a power of attorney is that the majority of people believe that because they are married or have a civil partner, this person can automatically take over the affairs of their spouse or civil partner should they lose capacity to make their own decisions for themselves.
This is simply not the case and without Lasting Powers of Attorney in place there are some very unpleasant cases involving families who have had much pain and expense over this situation.
What happens if there is no Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?
If your spouse or civil partner has an accident at work, or in the car, or suffers a stroke, or perhaps has the onset of dementia and no longer has the capacity to look after his or her own affairs.
The court of protection will be involved in appointing a deputy to look after the affairs of that person, taking away that ability from the spouse or civil partner and family.
Should this happen, the deputy will take control of bill paying and bank accounts and any on-going health issues and their needs. This would be instead of a family member.
On each anniversary the deputy will produce a statement showing the costs that have to be paid for the work carried out.
How can we help?
A Lasting Power of Attorney can be set up for someone when they have the capacity to authorise it.
We offer a service where we help guide you through the stages of these important documents and can give you a tailor made service depending on how much you would like us to do, which we believe is unique and of best value.
We can guide you through all the paper work and get the documents signed by the relevant parties.
We can also register a Lasting Power of Attorney straight away with the Office of Public Guardian, through the Donor (the person giving the authority) or the Attorney (the person nominated to act).
When you’ve made your Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), you need to register it with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG).
It takes between 8 and 10 weeks to register an LPA if there are no mistakes in the application.
Before you register, send a form to notify people (LP3) to all the ‘people to notify’ (also called ‘people to be told’) you listed in the LPA.
We will go through with you who would need to be notified.
They’ll have 3 weeks to raise any concerns with OPG, who subsequently will contact us.
You can make changes to your Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) even if it’s been registered, as long as you still have mental capacity to make decisions.
This would require a ‘Partial Deed of Revocation’ – which we can prepare and send to the OPG for you.
We also have an understanding of the Mental Capacity Act of 2005 and how this impacts on both the Donor and the Attorneys.
- Why Choose Us?
We are qualified to give you the best advice and service, we also offer a free no-obligation discussion – at at time and place to suit you.
We focus on you, the individual, by listening and establishing what it is you would like to achieve and then providing you with the right solution.
We have ELITE PROstatus on Bark and have been recognised for our good services.