A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a powerful legal document that allows a person (known as the Donor) to choose one or more individuals (known as Attorneys) and gives them authority to make decisions about their health and care and/or financial affairs, including authority to make such decision where they no longer have mental capacity.
Without an LPA in place, in the event you lose mental capacity the only way your financial affairs can be managed is by an application being made to the Court of Protection for a Deputyship Order, which is a more lengthy and costly process.
We know this can be a daunting task at first, so we have outlined the process to help put your mind at ease. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have on any of the stages of the process.
A 15 minute telephone conversation will be arranged between yourself and a member of the team to discuss your requirements and arrange an appointment, either face to face or via video. We will confirm the appointment in writing and provide a Questionnaire to be completed, along with copies of our Client Care Letter and Terms of Business
Following the appointment, and receipt of the completed Questionnaire, we will draft the required documents for your review.
Following approval of the draft documents, a meeting will be arranged between you and the Solicitor to finalise the documents and for the Solicitor to act as the Certificate Provider.
Once you and all of the Attorneys have signed the paperwork, the original Power of Attorney is sent to the Office of the Public Guardian for registration. Typically this takes between 8-10 weeks. A copy of the final invoice will then be issued.