A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to give someone else the legal authority to act on your behalf. There are several different types of Power of Attorney. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) (previously called an Enduring Power of Attorney) allows your attorneys to make decisions for you when you no longer wish to, or when you lack the mental capacity to do so.
Having a Lasting Power of Attorney is a safe way of maintaining control over decisions made for you because you choose someone to provide a ‘certificate’, which means they confirm that you understand the significance and purpose of what you are agreeing to and you can choose who gets told about your Lasting Power of Attorney when it is registered (so they have an opportunity to raise concerns).
This is a powerful legal document that gives very strong permissions over someone’s life and wellbeing, therefore it is advisable that you seek legal help and advice from a solicitor when wanting to make a Power of Attorney to ensure that there can be no risk of abuse of the power given. By using a solicitor you are receiving reassurance that the whole process is carried out legally, and a solicitor will help if you are unsure about the process, the family does not get on or there are complex assets, such as businesses or overseas property.
Using our expertise in this area Williamsons will guide you through the various decisions that need to be made when making an LPA. We will complete all of the numerous forms, taking the stress out of ensuring that the legal formalities are complied with.
Contact our Hull, Bridlington or Driffield office and one of our Wills and Probate experts will be able to advise you.
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