FOR TRUST. FOR ADVICE. FOR LIFE.
Prepare for your future and make your wishes known.
If your ability to manage your own affairs is declining, preparing your Power of Attorney provides comfort for you and your family. Knowing you have a trusted person to act on your behalf can remove the stress from you if you are struggling to deal with your own day-to-day affairs.
Our experienced Private Client team are capable of guiding you through the process, advising on more complex issues and offering a personal service that is tailored to your circumstances. Whether it is preparing a Lasting or a General Power of Attorney to give authority to a person or persons, Andrew & Andrew Solicitors make the process simple and stress-free.
How it works
Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint an Attorney who is able to make decisions on your behalf if you are struggling to make decisions on your own.
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney – Lasting Power of Attorney for Property & Financial Affairs and Lasting Power of Attorney for Health & Welfare. Lasting Power of Attorney documents must be prepared whilst the individual is mentally capable of sufficient decision making. If the individual has lost mental capacity, they will be unable to prepare Lasting Powers of Attorney, and a Deputyship Order will need to be applied for.
Instead of taking the risk of your loved ones having to go through the expensive and time-consuming process of a Deputyship Order application, get your interests secured with our support.
Why use Andrew & Andrew Solicitors?
With nearly 70 years of experience, we are a team that has delivered positive outcomes for clients all over the South of England. Our Lawyers are committed to offering the best service that is both personable and professional.
From start to finish, your dedicated professional will understand your needs and focus our efforts on achieving them as soon as possible. Dependent on individual circumstances, our team can also provide a bespoke service to meet your specific needs.
Get peace of mind and know you are being taken care of by someone you can trust. Expert legal advice with a personal commitment to your well-being.
Powers of Attorney FAQs
No, only you can make an LPA so long as you have capacity to do so. If you lose capacity then your family members will need to apply for a Deputyship Order through the Court of Protection.
You are able to nominate anyone to be your attorney but you must make sure this is someone you trust to make decisions for you if you are no longer able to make these yourself.
Yes, you can nominate as many attorneys as you would like but we recommend no more than four.
You are able to cancel your LPAs at any time so long as you have the capacity to do so.
No, you retain all of your powers over your bank accounts and other assets so long as you have capacity to do so. Your attorney only steps in to assist you if you request them to do so or if you no longer have capacity.
No, whilst you are able to give your attorneys the ability to make decisions for you regarding life-sustaining treatment such as cancer treatment or a blood transfusion, you have to set up your DNR through your GP surgery.
If you were not to make an LPA whilst you have capacity to do so, then your family members will need to apply for a Deputyship Order on your behalf through the Court of Protection or the Local Authority will step in and become your appointee.
It takes around 2 weeks for your instructions to be taken and for the documents to be finalised. We then have to send the documents to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) to be registered. The OPG are currently taking 20-24 weeks to register and return documents.
Yes, you are able to appoint replacement attorneys under the LPA documents.
Yes, you are able to state within the documents if you have any specific instructions or preferences for your attorneys to follows. Instructions are binding, and your attorneys must follow them. They can include things such as medical treatment. A preference is something your attorneys must take into consideration but are not obliged to follow.