Powers of attorney

The importance of having a power of attorney in place, at any stage of your life, cannot be stressed enough. While we all hope that we will never have to use it, it is a comforting “insurance” policy to have in place so that you know who will deal with your affairs if you are no longer able to do so yourself.

A General Power of Attorney can be drawn up to help you manage a relative’s affairs for a short period of time – perhaps whilst they are abroad or in hospital. A General Power of Attorney can only be used if the person making the power (the donor) has mental capacity.

Lasting Power of Attorney

Since October 2007, the only way to ensure that your family can deal with your assets should you lose capacity is through executing a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). There are two different types of LPA; one which deals with property and financial affairs and one which deals with personal welfare. The person making the LPA (the donor) can choose whether they wish to make either or both types of LPA.

It is vital that anybody looking to create an LPA, in either form, seek expert legal advice before doing so. While many people might consider the task of creating an LPA too time consuming and expensive, it would be wise to think seriously about the security the power might provide you with. Our private client solicitors can assist with the application to ensure it is executed efficiently and correctly.

If you or a loved one loses capacity and a power of attorney is not in place, an application to the Court will need to be made for someone to be appointed as a deputy.

Get in touch 

For further information or advice please call 01753 889995 or email enquiries@bpcollins.co.uk.

Powers of attorney Specialists

Lucy Wood
Practice Group Leader
Dominic Ibbs
Senior Associate
Sharon Heselton
Senior Associate (Non Solicitor)

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