Powers of Attorney
What will happen to your affairs in your lifetime when you are no longer capable of managing them? The Office of the Public Guardian is encouraging every adult to make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) to appoint people to look after their affairs when they cannot do this themselves. But who should you appoint? Arguably this is a more important decision for you to make than who you choose to administer your Will on your death.
As anyone who has been appointed as attorney for someone else will know, it is not a task to be taken on lightly. Very careful consideration should be given to your choice of attorney(s). Do they possess the right attributes for the job? Are they good at managing money? Are you sure they will always act in your best interests?
We can help you to make Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) for property and financial affairs and for health and welfare. The most recent draft of the official application forms is simpler than in the past and so some clients now choose to prepare their own LPAs on the government’s website. However, we find that many clients still prefer to instruct us to do this for them as we can help you to think through the consequences of this seemingly straightforward appointment process, offer a wealth of additional advice and help you to consider whether additional clauses are relevant to your circumstances.
We can also act for you in registering old style Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) where the donor has lost mental capacity to manage their affairs.
We offer advice where a family member is losing or has lost mental capacity but has not made an LPA or EPA and we can assist with the making of an application to the court for appointment of a deputy (a court appointed attorney). We can also advise on the making of a statutory Will if required.
To discuss your particular requirements with a member of our team and for an estimate of the costs and disbursements please “Contact Us” with the form here or contact one of our private client team.