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Lasting powers of attorney

There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA):

  • Property & Financial Affairs
  • Health & Welfare

 

Lasting Powers of Attorney are the means by which you give someone you that you trust the power to make decisions for you.

The person to whom you grant that power is called your attorney.

A Health & Welfare LPA can only be used by your attorney when you have lost the mental capacity to make those decisions yourself. With a Property & Financial Affairs LPA, you can decide whether your attorney(s) can use it as soon as it’s registered, or only when you have lost mental capacity.

Lasting Powers of Attorney must be granted when you still have the mental capacity to do so. No one else can grant a Lasting Power of Attorney on your behalf.

If you have an existing Lasting Power of Attorney or Enduring Power of Attorney and you would like to appoint different attorneys or would like to revoke your Lasting Power of Attorney, we can help with that, too.

 

What is included?

Our fixed fee includes the following work:

 

  • A meeting to discuss your wishes and circumstances

 

We will meet face-to-face in one of our boutique offices, or over a secure Microsoft Teams videoconference, to explain in plain English what a Lasting Power of Attorney achieves, and to explain the process of putting one in place. We will discuss the options available to you. We can also guide you as to the sort of person or people you might want to choose to be your attorney(s).

We can offer home visits for a fee of £150 + VAT to any destination within ten miles of one of our offices.

 

  • The preparation of a pair of Lasting Powers of Attorney for each of you

 

We will prepare two Lasting Powers of Attorney for each of you, one each relating to Property & Financial Affairs and Health & Welfare.

 

  • Acting as Certificate Provider for your Lasting Powers of Attorney

 

It is a formal requirement that a Certificate Provider signs each LPA. The Certificate Provider is an impartial person who helps protect your interests by checking that you understand the LPA and that you are making it of your own free will. We will fulfil this role for you.

 

  • An additional meeting to witness and supervise the signing of your Lasting Powers of Attorney

 

You and your chosen attorney(s) must sign the application in a particular order, and have those signatures witnessed. We will invite you and your attorneys to one of our offices so that we can act as witnesses and ensure that all necessary legal formalities are respected.

 

  • Submitting the Lasting Powers of Attorney to for registration and liaising with the Office of the Public Guardian on your behalf

 

Your Lasting Powers of Attorney must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before they can be used. We will make sure the necessary forms are submitted on your behalf, and deal with any subsequent correspondence from the Office of the Public Guardian. We will let you know when your Lasting Powers of Attorney have been registered, and the documents have been stamped as “validated” and returned to us.

 

  • Providing secure storage for your validated Lasting Powers of Attorney

 

You can be confident that the original, validated LPAs are safe and available for your attorney(s) to access, should they ever need them. We will store both a hard copy of the validated LPAs and keep a scanned copy on our secure cloud-based computer system.

 

  • Providing you with copies of your validated Lasting Powers of Attorney for your records

 

Please note that our fees do not include the registration fees payable to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG).  The OPG charges £82 per LPA document registered (£328 in total for a couple registering two LPAs each).  We will ask you for a cheque in respect of the registration fees, which we will send to the OPG with your completed LPA forms.