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Powers of Attorney

Whilst you have mental capacity you have the ability to legally authorise others to act on your behalf. This becomes very important if you become physically or  mentally incapable of managing your own affairs at some point in the future.

We can help you appoint one or more attorneys, of your choice, who would be able to act on your behalf should the need arise. Powers of Attorney come in various forms from a specific Power of Attorney to be used for a particular purpose to a Lasting Power of Attorney granting a wide power. You can appoint attorneys to deal with your financial affairs which might range from dealing with the payment of day to day living costs to managing investments and business interests to the sale of property.

You can appoint attorneys to make decisions relating to your health and welfare which may range from care needs and living arrangements to making medical decisions including the refusal of life sustaining treatment

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document which enables you to appoint a person or persons of your choice to act on your behalf. They are called Lasting Powers of Attorney as, unlike most Powers of Attorney, they remain valid if you should subsequently lose mental capacity.

By preparing a Lasting Power of Attorney you are not handing over control of your affairs as your attorneys may only act if they have either your express authority to so or if you lose mental capacity. The Mental Capacity Act sets out the framework under which your attorneys must act and one of the core principals is that individuals are to be encouraged to make as many decisions of their own as they can. 

Unlike their predecessor, the Enduring Power of Attorney, Lasting Powers of Attorney have no effect until they have been registered with the Court of Protection. We can also assist with the registration of existing Enduring Powers of Attorney should the person giving the power lose mental capacity.

By taking the above precautions you can ensure that should the unexpected happen to you your attorney or attorneys can step in to assist with the management of your affairs if and when the need arises with minimal disruption.

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