Power of Attorney
Powers of Attorney
A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document giving somebody the power to make decisions on your behalf. You (the donor) would appoint one of more people (the attorneys) to assist you in making decisions, or give them the right to make decisions for you. This document is very useful and can make things a lot easier to sort out in the event that you were in a serious accident, if you were physically unable to get to the bank, or if you were to ever lose the capacity to manage.
We offer fixed fees for the Lasting Power of Attorney. You can find our pricing list here.
Property and finances LPA
With this LPA, your attorneys would be able to manage your finances, pay your bills, collect your pension and even sell your property should you need to move or need residential care.
Health and Welfare LPA
With this LPA, your attorneys would be able to make decisions for you in respect of your day to day routine (washing, dressing, eating), would be able to manage your medical and life sustaining treatment and assist you in moving into residential care.
Who should I choose to act as attorney?
It is usual to appoint your next of kin, or your children, you can even appoint your solicitor. Whoever it is, you need to be sure that you trust the attorney completely, as they are responsible for making sure you are well looked after.
Do I need a solicitor to prepare the LPA?
No, not necessarily. You can print the forms off yourself and arrange to have the document registered with the court, but it is a possibility that the document be contested – to avoid this you should at least have the documents reviewed by a solicitor so they have an attendance file on record of meeting you and discussing your wishes.
I have an Enduring Power of Attorney – do I now need to review this?
It is always best to review legal documents every 5 years or when circumstances change. An Enduring Power of Attorney that was prepared before October 2007 is still legally valid. An EPA cannot be registered until the donor has lost mental capacity and therefore cannot make decisions for themselves. A Lasting Power of Attorney can be registered by the donor at any time, and if they have lost capacity before registration, the attorneys can register the document with the court.
Can I cancel an LPA?
Yes, you can. If you change your mind, or wish to change your attorneys you can prepare a Deed of Revocation and send it to the Office of Public Guardian
I have concerns about an attorney I have appointed, what should I do?
If you have any concerns about someone you have appointed, or someone who is appointed as an attorney for someone else, you should contact the office of public guardian immediately and discuss your concerns.
- Fixed fee LPA prices.
- Fixed fee registration prices
- Fixed fee Deeds of Revocation