Lasting Power of Attorney Specialists
It’s never too early to plan for the future. With a Lasting Power of Attorney you can help to make life easier for your loved ones by ensuring they can act on your behalf if you become unable to make decisions in the future.
Lasting Power of Attorney
Appointing a lasting power of attorney (LPA) is often considered by someone who is planning for the future. This is selecting a person that you trust to make decisions on your behalf should you be unable to make them. We can help you to work through this process, advise on what appointing a lasting power of attorney would mean for you in the future and answer any questions or concerns that you might have. Like making a will, this is something that is difficult to think about, but worth doing so that you can move forward with your life with confidence.
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As specialist lawyers, with over 20 years of experience, we are here to help you with your family law needs. If you need help with legal issues relating to children, advice around divorce, help with making a will or dealing with a loved one's estate through probate, we are here to help.
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We understand that you may be going through a difficult time. We’ll give you one point of contact, an experienced lawyer that you can trust and build a relationship with.
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We know it can be stressful waiting for information. We won’t keep you waiting unnecessarily, we will always let you know about progress on your case as soon as we do.
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Legal matters can be complex, especially if it's the first time you've had to deal with them. We'll explain everything to you in simple terms and guide you through the process so that you know what's happening.
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We don't overload our lawyers with too many clients, we keep our workload manageable so that we make sure we are available to you if you need us. If we are busy when you call, we'll always get back to you as soon as we can.
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What is Lasting Power of Attorney?
A Lasting Power of Attorney or LPA’s as they are known are the legal documents that allows you to appoint people you trust to help make decisions with you (if you still have mental capacity) or on your behalf should you lose capacity temporarily or permanently in the future.
The people you appoint to manage your affairs are called Attorneys.
The Donor is the name given to the person who the LPA is for.
Why is Lasting Power of Attorney important?
In the past you may have asked your family to look after you and your affairs, often without any legal authority to do so. They may have dealt with your bank accounts, doctors’ appointments, pensions, benefits and utility providers without any problems. However, this is no longer the case. With the introduction of GDPR and the sharing of personal data, your family will no longer be able to order prescriptions, book medical appointments, ring for test results or discuss anything personal unless the correct authority is in place.
When should I put a Lasting Power of Attorney in place?
It’s never too early to put an LPA in place. It’s a tool to help you to plan for the future, which is why many people put it in place at the same time as writing a will. It will give you the peace of mind that someone you trust can look after your finances and property as well as make decisions about your health and welfare, if the time comes when you are no longer able.
Most people don’t realise their ‘next of kin’, spouse or civil partner has no legal right to manage their affairs without an LPA.
What types of Lasting Power of Attorney are there?
One solution for couples is to ‘Mirror’ (identical) their Lasting Power of Attorneys. This would allow them to appoint each other as attorneys to help make decisions about each other’s financial affairs if they lose capacity, work away from home or simply don’t have the time to look after their finances. They are also best placed to deal with the Health and Welfare for each other, again should either lose capacity in the future.
A couple choosing all 4 LPA’s (most popular) will receive the biggest saving and if this is right for you, will ensure you have peace of mind knowing you can look after each other in later life.
If you are single, you may choose a single LPA depending upon your own personal situation. We offer both Lasting Power of Attorneys at a significantly lower price compared with just one, however, both LPA’s may not be right for you.
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