Lasting Powers of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document which lasts in your lifetime. It gives another individual the legal authority to look after specific aspects of your financial affairs or your health and welfare when you are not in a position to do so, for instance should you lose capacity. Lasting Powers of Attorney are not just for the elderly as mental and physical incapacity can hit at any time and we recommend planning ahead to ease the potential burden on loved ones.

Lasting Power of Attorney forms need to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) to be effective and without proper legal advice there is a danger of making errors of judgement in drafting the forms which can make life unintentionally difficult for your Attorneys in the future or even cause the OPG to reject it.

We provide a comprehensive service advising you of all aspects of Lasting Powers of Attorney and preparing all forms.

Court of Protection

You will need the Court of Protection if a family or partner loses mental capacity or becomes disabled and they do not already have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place. Once mental capacity is lost then it is not possible to enter into a Lasting Power of Attorney and in order to take control over their financial affairs then you have to apply to the Office of the Court of Protection to be made Deputy. There can be complex issues in dealing with the Court of Protection and appointing Deputies. We provide a complete service for Court of Protection work including the appointment of Deputies at the Court of Protection.

For peace of mind get in touch with Annabelle Vaughan a partner who specialises in these areas of work. Annabelle is a full member of STEP (the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners) and SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly).

If you are seeking legal advice and/or need representation to act for you in respect of any of the above matters then please call 01344 622141 or email