LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEYS

If you care enough about what happens to your loved ones and your assets after you die, you ought to care even more about keeping them safe and protected whilst you are still alive.

 

Why do I need a Lasting Power of Attorney?

 

If you are unable to make decisions for yourself due to mental or physical incapacity, the likely consequences are as follows:-

  • an application to the Court of Protection for a Deputyship Order will need to be made for someone to gain authority to take control of your affairs.
  • you have no control over who is appointed; this decision is made by the Court.
  • it can be expensive.
  • it can take a considerable length of time to resolve.
  • as a consequence, your loved ones may suffer financial hardship, inconvenience and/or stress.

 

Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone that you trust to make decisions on your behalf.

 

A Lasting Power of Attorney  cannot be used until it is registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.

 

Peace of mind

 

Think of a Lasting Power of Attorney as an insurance policy.

Hopefully, you will never need to use it but in the same way as you would ensure your house or car against possible damage, you ought to consider the possibility of losing capacity and the consequences of this happening.

 

Surely it is better for you to have some say in who will control your affairs?

The different types of Lasting Power of Attorneys

 

There are two types:

 

  • Health & Welfare - which deals with things such as medical and/or social needs; and
  • Property& Finances - which deals with your property and financial affairs.

 

YOU choose which you believe is necessary, but we will guide you in this regard.

By making a Lasting Power of Attorney now, YOU take control as:

 

  • YOU decide who you want to make decisions on your behalf; and
  • YOU decide what powers or restricitions you Attorney has.
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