Lasting Powers of Attorney
What is an LPA and how can we help you?
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A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document which everyone should have. Whilst a Will takes care of your affairs in the event of your death, a Lasting Power of Attorney takes care of your affairs during your lifetime when you require additional help, or when you are no longer able to make them yourself. The Lasting Power of Attorney enables you to choose people to assist you in these circumstances and these people are called your Attorneys.
There are two different types of LPA, one for Property and Financial Affairs and one for Health and Care Decisions:
Property & Financial Affairs: This LPA allows your attorneys to assist you with your bank accounts, paying bills and renting or selling property. Your attorneys can assist you with these matters with your consent while you have capacity, or on your behalf if you no longer have capacity.
Health & Care Decisions: This LPA allows your attorneys to make decisions about your health and care. It includes what you eat, what you wear and where you live. You can even instruct your attorneys to make decisions about end of life care. This LPA cannot be used unless you have lost metal capacity and are no longer able to make decisions about yourself.
Lasting Powers of Attorney are legal documents, they are to be used during your lifetime and they end on your death. Both types of LPA must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before they are able to be used. You must have capacity to be able to create a Lasting Power of Attorney and you are also able to cancel your LPA after it has been registered as long as you have the capacity to do so.
If there is no Lasting Power of Attorney in place and you no longer have capacity to be able to create an LPA, then it will be necessary for an application to be made on your behalf to the Court of Protection for a Deputyship Order.
You will need to have the agreement of a friend or family member for them to act as your attorney. Then you should speak to us and we can advise and then draft your LPA accordingly.
- Free initial advice
- A fixed fee with no hidden costs
- Award winning lawyer
- Free home visits
- Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
- Friendly advice without the unnecessary jargon
We are qualified and regulated Lawyers, and our extensive experience means we are best placed to advise you on your Power of Attorney and the best way to ensure your wishes are met. Our founder and Director Kim Boylett is an award winning Lawyer, having received the Highly Commended Private Client Lawyer of the Year Award at the CILEx National Law Awards in 2019.
We believe in making the process as simple for you as possible and this is reflected in our fixed fee pricing structure.
What our fee includes:
- advice upon the different types of LPAs available and their benefits for your own personal circumstances
- advice on how to choose an attorney and replacement attorney, the powers they have and when they can act.
- acting as your Certificate Provider
- advice upon any appropriate preferences or instructions to be included in your LPA, which can limit the things that attorneys can do
- preparation of all LPA documentation
- meeting with you to complete the signing of your LPA in the correct order.
- completion and submission of papers for the registration of your LPA at the Office of the Public Guardian
- all correspondence with the Office of the Public Guardian
- dealing with any challenges or requisitions raised by the Office of the Public Guardian
- the return of the registered LPA for safekeeping together certified copies
- FREE lifetime storage of your LPA
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