Powers of Attorney
At Andrew & Andrew Solicitors Ltd, with 60 years’ of professional experience, our Private Client team can guide you through the process of obtaining a Power of Attorney, or advise on more difficult mental capacity issues, when you have concerns regarding a loved one’s continuing ability to look after their own affairs. Dependent on individual circumstances, we can offer a bespoke service to meet the individual needs.
A Power of Attorney is a legal document which is required if you wish to appoint another person as an attorney, to make decisions on your behalf. There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney: a Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Financial Affairs and a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare. Both documents can only be prepared whilst you have the sufficient mental capacity to given instructions. If mental capacity has been lost, an application must be made to the Court to apply for a Deputyship Order.
In addition, we can also prepare a General Power of Attorney on your behalf. This provides the same power to an attorney as a Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Financial Affairs however; the power is only valid for one year. This type of Power of Attorney is ideal for anyone who travels often and would like to give authority to another person to sign documents and make decisions on their behalf, in respect of a specific matter.
Knowing you have nominated someone to act responsibly on your behalf can provide a great sense of security. If you do not appoint someone as an attorney and mental capacity is lost, decisions can only be made by a court – which is often time consuming, expensive and not always in your best interest.
At Andrew & Andrew, our Private Client team has plenty of experience in preparing and registering these important documents and can advise on which would be more appropriate, based on your individual circumstances.
If you would like to discuss these matters further, please contact the Private Client team today by telephoning on local rate 023 9267 5555 or freephone 0800 083 6499. Alternatively, you can submit brief details of your query via any of the contact boxes on our website and we will contact you.