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Lasting Power of Attorney solicitors

A Lasting Power of Attorney protects your best interests and the best interests of your loved ones - isn’t it time to think about creating your Lasting Power of Attorney?

If you would like further information on how we can help you, please call us on 01616 966 229 for a no obligation initial chat with one of our advisors. We have a team of friendly and approachable advisors who are waiting to take your call. They will talk to you about your situation without using legal jargon and they will do their best to make you feel comfortable and at ease. If you don’t want to call us initially you can contact us at a time most convenient to you, anytime of the day or night, through our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can to see if we can help.

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Specialist LPA solicitors

A large number of Lasting Power of Attorney applications are rejected by the Office of Public Guardianship every year. Although it is possible to apply for an LPA yourself it is easy to make a mistake and have your application rejected or create an LPA which does not do what you want it to.

Our LPA experts can talk through with you what you want, in a friendly way, without jargon. We can then prepare all of the documents for you, advise you on how to get them properly signed and witnessed then make the application for the LPA on your behalf. You do not need to come into our offices and everything can be done at your convenience. We provide a nationwide service. It is an easy and reassuring way to make sure that everything is done right.

For expert advice on Lasting Powers of Attorney, call the specialist solicitors at Stephensons on 01616 966 229 today or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you directly.

Lasting Power of Attorney FAQs

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal tool that enables a person you trust, such as a family member to make important decisions about your health and welfare and your financial affairs on your behalf, should you be unable to make these decisions due to the loss of mental capacity.

Why should I make a Lasting Power of Attorney?

It is vital that you set up a Lasting Power of Attorney sooner rather than later, and while you are still mentally capable of doing so. If you are injured or develop an illness that may leave you mentally incapacitated and you do not have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place, you run the risk of forcing your loved ones into potentially long, distressing and delayed court battles as they seek to take control of your finances.

Can you appoint more than one person to have power of attorney?

You can have as many attorneys as you like, but for administrative ease, we suggest that you have no more than four. You can also appoint replacement attorneys. 

Are there different types of Lasting Power of Attorney?

Yes, there are two different types of Lasting Power of Attorney. One deals with property and finances, whilst the other deals with health and welfare.

Lasting Power of Attorney dealing with property and financial matters are used to pass the power of attorney over to a family member or someone you trust, so they can make decisions for you and on your behalf about financial issues. They would be then allowed to make decisions regarding selling your house, dealing with any benefits, your bank accounts or investments. They would also be allowed to pay bills on your behalf.

The Lasting Power of Attorney that deals with health and welfare aspects, such as where you live, whether in care or otherwise, what you can eat and even the clothes you wear.

The major difference between the two-Lasting Power of Attorney’s is that the financial affairs Lasting Power of Attorney can be used whilst the person still has the mental capacity to deal with these affairs themselves – if they chose so. The health and welfare Lasting Power of Attorney only comes into effect when the person loses that capacity.

What sort of finances can be paid by a person with power of attorney?

Your attorneys can deal with all aspects of your property and financial affairs using the Lasting Power of Attorney unless you expressly exclude them dealing with a particular asset. For example, if you have a particularly expensive art collection you may wish to state an instruction or preference that they take professional valuation advice before they act in relation to the collection. An instruction must be followed, whilst a preference is just that.

Can I choose when a Lasting Power of Attorney comes into effect?

Yes, you can choose whether your Lasting Power of Attorney can be used before you lose mental capacity or stipulate that it can only come into effect once you lose the capacity to deal with finances or things like your own welfare.

What is the role of the Office of Public Guardianship and what might need to be referred to this organisation?

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is an executive agency who protect the interests of those who lack capacity. They deal with the registration of the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPAs) and a major part of their function is to centralise records of dealings with and protection of the vulnerable. The OPG operates a register of LPA's and if an original is lost then further copies can be issued. As part of their safeguarding role if anyone has any concerns in relation to an attorney’s actions or if they believe that the donor is in some way vulnerable then these concerns can be reported to the OPG and they will make enquiries.  

How do I set up a Lasting Power of Attorney?

Contact the expert solicitors at Stephensons today. Having a Lasting Power of Attorney in place ensures that you and your family are protected from any distressing legal battles as they will be allowed, by law, to look after your best interests immediately following the event you lose the mental capacity to deal with those aspects yourself.

For expert advice on Lasting Powers of Attorney, call the specialist solicitors at Stephensons on 01616 966 229 today or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you directly.

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Dementia and power of attorney

According to the Alzheimer's Society, there are over 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, and of those, nearly 40,000 are under the age of 65. As this number is expected to exceed 1 million by the year 2025, our expert solicitors are urging the public to think of the future – regardless of their age.

No one wants to have to think about what would happen should we lose our mental capacity, nor about the financial burdens this would place on ourselves and our loved ones. But with the figures presented by the Alzheimer's society, it is worth considering how you could prevent any further distress, financial and otherwise through a Lasting Power of Attorney.

Find out more about power of attorney in relation to dementia

At Stephensons, we are dementia champions and our staff have been trained to understand the needs of our clients who are suffering from dementia. For more information contact us today on 01616 966 229.

Further information

Please note that our fixed or estimated fees for Wills and Probate work are based upon a matter having standard features. They give an indication of the likely range of prices in most instances. However if your matter has non-standard features such as complex property, family relationships, dispositions or risks, then we may not be able to assist you for the fees shown on our website. In that instance we may give you an alternative fee quote based on hourly rates or further fixed or estimated fees.

The advice provided to non-face to face clients will be through electronic or written communication only e.g. by telephone and email. Stephensons Solicitors LLP assumes no responsibility for, and shall not be liable for, (a) verification of mental capacity or testamentary capacity (b) verification of any undue influence or duress involved (c) the execution of any documents.

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