A Power of Attorney is a legal document which grants a power to someone else (an “Attorney”) to act for you and is a legal authority for your Attorney(s) to sign off documents on your behalf. It is a very powerful tool – and one on which you should always take legal advice before it is prepared and signed.
The primary reason for any individual to make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is to ensure that someone is able to act on their behalf in the event of losing mental or physical capacity.
It is essential for everyone to have an LPA in place to cover that eventuality as, without it, if you lose capacity you will not be able to make an LPA. The resulting process is both time consuming and costly – for your next of kin to apply to the Court of Protection for a ‘Deputyship Order’.
There are different types of Power of Attorney. However, there is one constant with all Powers of Attorney, namely that you cannot create a Power of Attorney unless the Donor (the giver of the power) has the mental capacity to do so.
For persons in a vulnerable position, it is essential to have legal advice and mental legal capacity assessment undertaken. We can guide you through that process, provide assessments on legal capacity or arrange for medical assessment if that is deemed by us to be necessary.
The types of Power are:
Costs for preparing Powers of Attorney start from as little as £150+vat for a General Power of Attorney and £240+vat for an LPA. Where both LPAs are undertaken we reduce the charge for the 2nd LPA by 50%. For LPAs there are also fixed registration costs (currently £82 per LPA) that are payable to the Office of the Public Guardian and if you would like us to register your LPAs then we charge £120+vat for that registration service (with a 50% reduction charge for registering a 2nd LPA). Most people ask us to not only prepare the LPA but to register it too. Our charges include all advice and work involved in the preparation and registration processes and the providing of solicitor-certificates and certified copies for future use.
Jennifer Beaujeux: an experienced legal executive with very sound knowledge in advising clients on all aspects of Power of Attorney, Probate and Wills related matters. Contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jennifer is based at both our Chalfont St Giles office and our Stone office.
Johanna Knott: an experienced solicitor and a member of the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners and Solicitors for the Elderly. Contact Johanna at email@example.com. Johanna is based at our office in Chalfont St Giles and is a local resident.
Helen MacDiarmid: an legal executive with years of experience in handling a wide variety of Power of Attorney, Probate and Wills related matters. She is also a member of Solicitors for the Elderly. Contact Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Helen is based at our office in Chalfont St Giles.
Lucy Pankhurst: a solicitor with a wealth of experience in advising clients on all aspects of Power of Attorney, Probate and Wills related matters. Contact Lucy at email@example.com. Lucy is based at our Stone office.
Robert Cartmell: an experienced specialist Solicitor having conducted Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters over an 18-year period for individuals and couples. He is a professional member of the Solicitors for the Elderly. He is currently appointed Deputy or Trustee on a number of matters. Contact Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org. Robert is based at both our Chalfont St Giles office and our Stone office.