At the current moment, you may be fully in control of your own finances, property and making welfare decisions. However, due to illness, such as a stroke, brain injury or incapacity, many people every year become unable to manage their own finances or make decisions about their welfare.
In such cases, it is possible to appoint someone you know and trust to take control of, or assist you with, your financial or personal welfare decisions.
At Braddon & Snow, we recognise how difficult a decision like this is. Having a Lasting Powers of Attorney in place helps to prevent possible issues in the unforeseeable future, especially in concern to a third party accessing your finances or being disclosed private medical information in concern to yourself.
Our lasting power of attorney lawyers can provide expertise on matters including:
- Advice on lasting power of attorney
- Making a lasting power of attorney
- Advice for attorneys
- Helping with deputyship
Our team of powers of attorney solicitors are experts in the field and have a broad scope of knowledge, meaning you can be entirely confident in the service we provide. No matter your situation, we have the expertise to lend a helping hand.
Our expertise with powers of attorney
Choosing to place your trust and control into another person’s hands in the event you become unable to make decisions concerning yourself is a huge decision and should be carefully thought about before taking any rash actions.
Our solicitors have your best interests at heart and will ensure that you are fully informed about what powers of attorneys are, the types available, and the potential implications it can have, in addition to discussing who would best fit being your attorney. Once you are fully aware and have asked any questions you may be concerned about, you can decide whether a power of attorney is right for you.
If you make the decision that you want someone to act as an attorney in the event that you lose mental capacity, it’s important to seek advice and guidance from a specialist lawyer who has the knowledge and experience needed to assist you.
Our team have worked with a range of clients over the years, all with different circumstances that require extensive consideration prior to committing. Setting solid foundations is important, and our solicitors can make sure your powers of attorney document is best structured, as well as draft the document for you, in addition to ensuring the selected attorneys fill out the required documents.
If you have been appointed as an attorney for an individual, it can feel like a daunting and concerning situation, but you aren’t alone. Our solicitors can provide you with expert advice and guidance so you can accurately and efficiently carry out the role. We have helped a variety of clients acting as solicitors over the years with all types of power of attorney roles, from those straightforward to others more complex.
If a person has lost mental capacity to make important decisions concerning their health or finances but does not have a lasting power of attorney in place, there are ways for loved ones to obtain deputyship so they can act on their behalf, either to be one type of deputy or both types.
Our solicitors can help you apply to the court to become a deputy, including drafting your application and ensuring everything has been done correctly. We can also aid you with carrying out the role, ensuring all responsibilities are carried out accurately.
Speak to our powers of attorney solicitors in Hoddesdon or Broxbourne
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Powers of attorney FAQs
What is a general power of attorney (GPA)?
There are certain situations where a lasting power of attorney is not an appropriate option, particularly where it may not be a permanent situation for the attorney to be in place. Instead, a GPA, sometimes known as ordinary powers of attorney, is more of an appropriate option. A GPA can be used where there may be particular tasks which the individual finds challenging, such as going to the bank, paying bills or more.
What types of lasting power of attorney (LPA) are there?
Lasting Powers of Attorney replaced Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPA) in October 2007. There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney, and these are:
- Financial affairs lasting power of attorney
- Health and welfare lasting power of attorney
Financial affairs lasting power of attorney
A financial affairs lasting power of attorney gives your attorney the authority to deal with your finances, including paying your bills and your investments and even assisting in selling your house if required. Such documents are extremely valuable if you ever lose the ability to deal with your own affairs, whether temporarily or permanently.
Health and welfare lasting power of attorney
A lasting power of attorney for health and welfare gives your attorney the authority to make decisions with regard to issues such as life sustaining treatment or a move to a residential care home.
Both types of Lasting Powers of Attorney are serious legal undertakings, and it is recommended that you take legal advice before entering into one to ensure that you understand the significance.
Who can be a lasting power of attorney?
Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to become an attorney. However, donors often will appoint a trusted member of their family to act as their attorney.
When will an attorney have authority?
An attorney will only have authority to act on behalf of the donor when they have been registered at the Office of the Public Guardian, otherwise, they do not have the authority to act on behalf of the donor.
A financial lasting power of attorney can be used as soon as it has been registered, but a health and welfare lasting power of attorney will only come into effect when the donor is unable to make health decisions due to loss of mental capacity.
Our powers of attorney fees
We understand that legal fees can be a concern to many, and that’s why we are completely transparent with our fees from the outset, so our clients can make a fully informed decision about whether to work with us.
Where matters are quite simple, such as providing legal advice over power of attorneys, we may be able to offer fixed fees. This allows you to know exactly what it is you’re paying from the start.
Some matters require additional work, support, or legal expertise and, for this reason, may require a higher-level solicitor. In such a situation, we may need to charge on an hourly basis. We will provide a cost estimate so you have a good idea of what you will be paying.
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Speak to our powers of attorney solicitors in Hoddesdon & Broxbourne
For a friendly, informal discussion with one of our powers of attorney solicitors about how we can help you with your needs, please get in touch:
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