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Lasting Power of Attorney Solicitors
Planning how your affairs will be dealt with in the future should be a key consideration for all of us, particularly as life expectancy increases are leaving us all with the potential to live for many years with physical illness and sudden or gradual loss of mental capacity.
Putting a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in place can give you the reassurance of knowing that someone you trust will be able to act on your behalf when it comes to your financial, property and welfare concerns should you lose the ability to do so.
Our specialist team can deal with the preparation and registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney, together with the notifications and registration required for existing Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPA).
We also advise people acting under a Power of Attorney, so can help to ensure you are meeting your obligations as an attorney. Where required, we can also act as professional attorneys for those who do not have anyone suitable to carry out the role, or where you want the reassurance of trained legal experts handling your affairs.
Our solicitors have particular expertise in advising High Net Worth clients on making and using Powers of Attorney, and on supporting attorneys dealing with high value assets and substantial incomes under Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney.
If you are looking for help managing the affairs of a loved one who has already lost mental capacity and who does not have an LPA in place, we can also advise you on applications to the Court of Protection.
For clear, sensitive and practical advice on Lasting Powers of Attorney, please contact our local teams in Winchester, Sunningdale and Alresford. Alternatively, you can use the links below to get in touch.
How we can help you with Lasting Powers of Attorney
Making a Lasting Power of Attorney
Our lifetime planning solicitors can help you to make an LPA that suits your needs, giving you peace of mind that the Power of Attorney has been prepared correctly and that your wishes will be respected if you ever lose capacity. We can assist with both Health and Welfare LPAs and Property and Financial Affairs LPAs, depending on your requirements.
Registering a Lasting Power of Attorney
Before an LPA can be used, it has to be properly registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). Our team can help you to do this at the point where the LPA is made or, if this has not been done, we can assist you with registering an LPA when it is needed.
Advice for attorneys acting under an LPA
Acting as someone’s attorney is a big responsibility and something which many people find intimidating and stressful. Our solicitors can provide clear, practical legal guidance and personal support to help give you the confidence that you are making the right choices for your loved one and meeting your obligations.
Enduring Powers of Attorney
While Lasting Powers of Attorney have now replaced Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs), any existing EPA you or a loved one created before 1 October 2007 can still be registered and used. We can help you to register an EPA or with acting as an attorney under an EPA in exactly the same way as for an LPA.
Acting as professional attorneys for an LPA
Where there is nobody suitable who can act as an attorney, our experienced Lasting Power of Attorney solicitors can take on this role for you. Because you are free to name more than one attorney in an LPA, we can also act as co-attorneys alongside a trusted loved one, meaning they will have the benefit of our legal expertise and support when they need it.
Power of Attorney disputes
Unfortunately, disputes can sometimes arise over a Power of Attorney, including over specific decisions an attorney makes and more general concerns about whether they are acting in the best interests of the one who made the LPA or EPA.
In most cases, our highly skilled dispute resolution solicitors can find amicable solutions to these disputes that protect your loved one’s wellbeing, but we can also advise you on the process for having an attorney removed if this ever becomes necessary.
Our Lasting Power of Attorney fees
For some matters, such as making or registering an LPA, we can often agree a fixed price to cover all of the work involved. This means you will know exactly how much it will cost in advance to get your LPA in place.
For more complex matters, such as acting as professional attorneys or dealing with Power of Attorney disputes, we will usually charge according to a set hourly rate. This means we can provide exactly as much support as you need, when you need it, with all billable work agreed in advance so you always stay in control of the costs involved.
Speak to our Lasting Power of Attorney solicitors now
To discuss making or registering a Lasting Power of Attorney, or acting as an attorney, please contact our local teams in Winchester, Sunningdale and Alresford. Alternatively, you can use the links below to get in touch.