Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are legal documents that enable others of your choosing to act for you in relation to your: –
- Property and Financial Affairs; and
- Health and Welfare.
Having registered LPAs in place is an important safety net for the future. Should you be unable to manage in the future (either physically or mentally, be it temporary or permanent), trusted others that you have chosen can assist. This puts you in control of your own future. If capacity is lost and there is no LPA in place, an application to the Court of Protection is required. This can be an expensive and lengthy process, whereby the Court orders who deals with your affairs.
By doing LPAs now, you make your own decisions as to who would assist.
We advise on all aspects of LPAs, draft the documents, oversee the signing of the documents and deal with the registration with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). We advise that all LPAs are registered. This is because an LPA cannot be used until it is registered (and in the case of a Health and Welfare LPA, both registered and capacity has been lost). Registration takes many weeks which could cause a problem where urgent use is required.
We are happy to act as Certificate Provider where required. We also provide a stand-alone Certificate Provider service.
Our LPAs are undertaken on a fixed fee basis and we advise on any OPG fee remissions or exemptions you are entitled to claim.
We provide a home visiting service and evening / weekend appointments.