Appointing an Attorney
Savilles Solicitors Probate department have a specialist team with over 20 years of experience in dealing with Lasting Powers of Attorney. We are able to guide you through the process of filling out the correct forms and we will register the Lasting Power of Attorney with the Office of Public Guardian on your behalf so that the only thing you have to worry about is choosing someone you trust to act as your attorney.
A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that lets you appoint people to act and make decisions on your behalf when you are no longer able. It is important to make your Lasting Power of Attorney while you are still capable of making decisions about who to appoint as your attorney and what powers they will have over your affairs. Lasting Powers of Attorney need to be registered with the Office of Public Guardian before they can be used and can be registered at any time after they have been made. Once they are registered they can only be used with your permission or if you become unable to make your own decisions. Even after it has been registered, your attorneys will have to act within any restrictions or conditions you have set out in the form.
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney (see below) and you can chose to either make one or both of them.
The Process of Appointing an Attorney:
Contact us for advice on 0161 491 8540 and ask for Suzanne.
Alternatively email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will then:
Help you with all the relevant forms
Register your LPA with the Office of Public Guardian
Provide support for your attorney should they need it when they start acting for you
If you have no one you wish to appoint as an attorney, we can provide an experienced legal team to deal with your every day financial and business requirements and an experienced retired social worker with a thorough working knowledge of benefits, social and care services who can visit you in your home and support you with personal care.
Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney
Having a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney will give you peace of mind if you become ill suddenly or your health deteriorates over time and you become unable to make decisions. You will be able to appoint one or more people you trust to make the important decisions about:
Your medical care
Moving into a care home
Your daily routine (e.g. eating and what to wear)
By creating a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney you do not automatically hand over control to these people. Your Lasting Power of Attorney must be registered at the Office of Public Guardian before it can be used and your attorneys can only take control once you are no longer able to make your own decisions.
Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney
A Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney can be used as soon as it is registered with the Office of Public Guardian, but only if you have given your permission for it to be used. The Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to appoint one or more people to make decisions about your money and property including:
Selling your Home
You can decide to give your attorney the power to make decisions about any or all of your affairs and it gives them the right to make decisions as if they were you but they must also make sure they act in your best interests.
Contact us for more information and to discuss your options - 0161 491 8540 -