Lasting Powers of Attorney Solicitors
No one likes to think about losing the mental capacity for making decisions and managing day-to-day affairs, but these are circumstances that we recommend people plan for.
With a Lasting Power of Attorney solicitor you have the opportunity to appoint someone you trust to look after your dealings if you ever lose the ability to do so. Our legal team can help you to prepare the legal documents so that everything can remain in order if you ever do face such difficulties in the future.
Types of Lasting Powers of Attorney
Solicitors at Davis Blank Furniss can arrange two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney, these are:
Lasting Power of Attorney for property and financial affairs : this type of LPA gives your chosen attorney the ability to deal with financial affairs. For example, an attorney acting on behalf of a person who has lost capacity and moved into a care home would be able to access that person’s bank accounts to arrange to pay for care fees and sell the house if necessary.
Lasting Power of Attorney for health and welfare: this is a different type of LPA that allows you to appoint someone to make decisions about your health and personal welfare. For example, if a person was in an accident and unable to communicate in hospital then the attorney could make decisions about what medical treatment they receive, or if an elderly person lost capacity then the attorney could make a decision about whether they move into a care home.
Anyone over 18 years old with the mental capacity to make their own decisions can create a Lasting Power of Attorney. You can also choose to have both or just one of the legal documents in place.
When appointing our expert solicitors to prepare legal documents such as Lasting Powers of Attorney, you can expect to receive the following:
- A consultation with a dedicated specialist, where they will assess your eligibility for a Lasting Power of Attorney. In the initial meeting, they will also gain an understanding of your reasons for making the arrangement and provide any additional information needed.
- Your legal specialist can act as your certificate provider, as an independent party is legally required to confirm that you are capable of arranging a Lasting Power of Attorney.
- They will also be responsible for drafting up and finalising your Lasting Powers of Attorney.
- Your solicitor can also arrange for your Lasting Powers of Attorney to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.
Dedicated to providing you with a professional yet compassionate legal service, your dedicated solicitor will make sure that everything is explained clearly while handling the entire process from start to finish. With the help and support of our solicitors, the organisation of your Lasting Power of Attorney can remain completely straightforward and hassle-free.
As well as making arrangements for Lasting Powers of Attorney, Davis Blank Furniss solicitors can also help you to prepare and plan for the future by providing any Inheritance Tax advice and will writing support you require.
For further information download our LPA fact sheet.