Powers of Attorney
A Power of Attorney is a document which gives authority to another person (the Attorney) to act on his or her behalf (the Donor). A Power of Attorney can be completely general, entitling the Attorney to do almost anything the Donor could do him/herself, or it can be limited to acting in a specific task.
Paul Crowley & Co Private Client Solicitors are able to offer legal advice in connection with the following types of Powers of Attorney;
- General Powers of Attorney
- Specific Powers of Attorney
- Enduring Powers of Attorney
- Lasting Powers of Attorney
The most common form of Power of Attorney since 2007 is The Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). An LPA allows the Donor to choose someone they trust to make decisions on their behalf at sometime in the future when they no longer wish to make those decisions, or when they no longer have the mental capacity to make decisions.
There are two parts to an LPA; a property and financial affairs LPA and a health and welfare LPA. Each can be tailored to the Donors specific needs and requirements.
An LPA will be of assistance to a Donors family as it will avoid the expense, time and complexity of applying to the Court of Protection for a Deputyship Order should the Donor lose mental capacity in the future.
At Paul Crowley & Co, we have experienced Solicitors who can provide specialist advice regarding LPA’s.
Paul Crowley & Co Solicitors Private Client Solicitors are able to;
- Provide comprehensive advice on the options available including mental capacity issues
- Prepare and Register LPAs
- Act as a sole professional Attorney or jointly with another chosen Attorney
- Provide expert advice and guidance to Attorneys acting under an LPA
- Assist Attorney with any subsequent applications to the Court of Protection
- Assist with objections to an Attorney’s appointment and disputes over their conduct
- Act as certificate provider