Lasting Power of Attorney
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- Free initial consultation
- Expert guidance to ensure all paperwork is completed accurately
- Fixed fees for preparing your Lasting Power of Attorney
- Appoint someone you trust to handle your affairs
- Avoid a lengthy & costly court process
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Lasting Power of Attorney
It’s not nice to think of a future where you can’t make decisions for yourself, but it’s nice to know that should that happen, your family can easily protect your interests without the hassle and expense of going to court.
There is no specific age when you should consider making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) as anyone can lose capacity at any time through illness, injury or accident.
So, what is it?
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document in which you can appoint someone you trust giving other (trusted) people the right to make decisions on your behalf should you become unable to make them for yourself.
Who is it for?
Anyone over the age of 18 and with mental capacity can sign a LPA and choose who they appoint as their trusted attorney(s).
What does it cover?
You can make two different types of LPA, enabling your appointed attorney to make decisions on your behalf.
- Property and Financial Affairs LPA – this allows attorneys to make decisions about your property and financial affairs such as managing and operating your bank accounts, dealing with your pension, making tax returns on your behalf and dealing with your home.
- Health and Welfare LPA – this allows your attorneys to make decisions about your health and welfare only when you are unable to make decisions for yourself. This can include decisions about your healthcare and medical treatment, decisions about where you live and day to day decisions about your personal welfare such as your diet, dress or daily routine.
What happens if you don’t have a LPA?
If you no longer have mental capacity then it would be necessary for an application to be made to the Court of Protection for a deputy to be appointed on your behalf. The deputy can be a family member or a professional such as a solicitor. The application to the Court for the appointment of a deputy is a much more complicated, time consuming and expensive process than making an LPA.
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How do you set up a Lasting Power of Attorney?
In order for an LPA to be valid it must be done correctly and we can do this in 3 simple steps:
- We will take your details during a meeting, by phone or email - whichever you prefer;
- We will then meet with you to explain and sign the paperwork. One of our solicitors will act as your witness and Certificate Provider;
- We will then submit the LPA for registration at the Office of the Public Guardian. Turnaround time for registration is approx 8-12 weeks.
Once these steps are completed the LPA is ready, giving you peace of mind.
If you would like to speak with an expert call 01908 689317
THE Lasting Power of Attorney team
Dagmara Kulczykowska Partner
Private Client Services 01908 689341Dagmara is Head of the Department and has many years of experience in all aspects of private client work. Dagmara’s strengths are working with families on very sensitive and emotive matters, providing them with specialist legal advice. She ensures clients are supported but also advised clearly and comprehensively on the legal issue(s) at hand so that they can make an informed decision.
Amye Aris Solicitor
Private Client Services 01908 689317Amye is part of the Private Client Services Team and advises on all aspects of Private Client work in a range of matters relating to the administration of estates, Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputyship applications. Amye also has residential property experience.
Karen Ward Senior Private Client Executive
Private Client Services 01908 689374Karen is a Senior Private Client Executive and Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals. Karen joined Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors in October 2018 having worked in the Private Client sector since 1997 for solicitors and banking institutions.
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