Lasting Powers of Attorney

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) can be used to appoint someone who can make decisions about your finances and welfare. We can help you to prepare an LPA and, when required, register it with the Office of the Public Guardian, ensuring your loved ones are able to help you when you are at your most vulnerable.

We also offer our services as attorneys and deputies for clients who wish to appoint an independent person to act for them in the event of losing mental capacity, this includes looking after their ongoing financial and welfare needs.

Our specialist practitioners can advise and assist in how to use these documents and draft them in accordance with your wishes. That way, you can have complete peace of mind that your affairs will be managed properly and your needs met, whatever the future brings.

To arrange an initial consultation with our sensitive, practical lifetime planning solicitors, please contact our local offices in Bishop’s Waltham and Southampton.

How we can help you with Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection deputyship

Making a Lasting Power of Attorney

Our Lasting Power of Attorney solicitors can draft and register an LPA for you, making sure all of your future needs and any decisions that are likely to be needed are considered.

There are two types of LPA you can make, a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney and a Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney. You can make either or both types of LPA, depending on your needs, with the exact decision-making powers you grant to your attorney depending on how the LPA or LPAs are drafted.

Acting as an attorney under an LPA

Acting as someone’s attorney can be a daunting responsibility. You need to have confidence that you are making the right decisions that are in the best interests of the person you are supporting. You also need to make sure you are meeting your legal obligations, such as preparing and submitting an annual report on the decisions you have made to the Office of the Public Guardian.

Our solicitors can guide and support you, giving you confidence that you are carrying out your role correctly and that your loved one’s needs are being met.

Dealing with Enduring Powers of Attorney

Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) were replaced by Lasting Powers of Attorney in October 2007. However, any EPA made before this time can still be registered and used if required. We can advise you on registering an EPA or acting as an attorney under an EPA that has already been registered.

Court of Protection Deputyship applications

We can guide you through the process of applying to the Court of Protection to become the deputy of someone who has lost the capacity to make their own decisions. You can apply to become a Property and Financial Affairs deputy and/or a Personal Welfare deputy depending on the circumstances and the needs of the person you are supporting.

Thanks to our extensive experience with Court of Protection matters, we can help your application to move ahead faster and more smoothly, allowing you to start managing the affairs of your loved one sooner and with less stress.

Acting as a Court of Protection deputy

We can advise you on carrying out your duties as a deputy, including guidance on making decisions and dealing with your reporting responsibilities, such as preparing annual accounts. We can also advise you on dealing with deputyship disputes.

One-off applications to the Court of Protection

It may sometimes be necessary to make one-off applications to the Court, for example if the person you are supporting does not have an up-to-date Will or you need permission to sell their home. We can help you with these types of applications, allowing you to effectively manage your loved one’s affairs and meet their needs.

Our professional attorney and deputyship services

If there is nobody who is able to act as an attorney or deputy, our solicitors can take on this role for you, giving you assurance that all decisions will be made with the benefits of our professional expertise. We can also act as co-attorneys or deputies alongside a friend or family member, offering the benefit of our legal training and independent perspective.

Speak to our lifetime planning lawyers in Southampton and Hampshire

To arrange an initial consultation with our lifetime planning solicitors in Bishop’s Waltham and Hedge End, Southampton, please contact:

Jenny Walker or David Watson

Tel: 01489 892101

Email: jwalker@driverbelcher.co.uk / dwatson@driverbelcher.co.uk

 

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