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Lasting Powers of Attorney

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There are many situations where a Power of Attorney proves invaluable.

They can be used as a temporary measure during a hospital stay, or as a key part of your future planning, should you be unable to make decisions for yourself. Whatever the reason, our specialist solicitors can ensure your Powers of Attorney provide peace of mind.

Our Power of Attorney specialists can help you to plan for the future, with Powers of Attorney that meet your specific personal or professional needs. We’ll ensure that all legal documents are drafted correctly with the relevant instructions, leaving you free to focus on the present. 

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

This is a legal document which sets out who will be able to make decisions on your behalf if you’re not able to. That person would be known as ‘your attorney’. Powers of Attorney can be used to cover:

  • Property and Financial Affairs
  • Health and Welfare

 

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a particularly useful type of Power of Attorney as it remains valid even if you lose capacity to make decisions for yourself (unlike a general power).

No Lasting Power of Attorney can be used until it has been registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.

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Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors will draft your Lasting Power of Attorney

Experienced Solicitors

Our solicitors are experienced specialists in drafting all Power of Attorney documents and are well versed in the process and requirements, ensuring your LPA meets your exact specifications.

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This is a highly complex area in which specialist advice is needed. We are trusted specialists who are accredited by Solicitors for the Elderly.

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Lasting Powers of Attorney experts

Whatever your needs, our team of highly experienced lawyers will provide you with the help and advice you need. Call us to arrange a time to meet to discuss your needs and particular situation in greater detail.

We’ll ensure that the solicitor you deal with is the right match for your specific situation, helping you find the best possible resolution during a stressful and often sensitive time.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a formal deed which gives authority to another person (your attorney) to make decisions on your behalf.

This is a useful document as it means that you can choose who should manage your finances and make decisions about your health and welfare if you are unable to do this yourself in the future.

There are two separate LPAs:  for:

  • Property and Finance 
  • Health and Welfare. 

Setting up LPAs is an important part of planning for the future.

If someone doesn't have capacity, will a Lasting Power of Attorney still remain in force?

Most powers of attorney become invalid if the person who set it up loses mental capacity, but a Lasting Power of Attorney remains in force whether you have capacity or not.

Can I choose different attorneys for each Lasting Power of Attorney's?

You can choose different attorneys for each LPA.

You can appoint one attorney or a number of attorneys. If you appoint more than one attorney, you will have to consider whether they must make all decisions together or whether they can act independently of each other.

It’s possible to appoint one attorney, such as your spouse, and also a replacement attorney, such as your children, if your spouse is unable to act.

Why should a solicitor draft your Lasting Power of Attorney?

You should have an experienced specialist solicitor  assist with drafting a Lasting Power of Attorney to make sure that your wishes are followed in the way  you want. Their expertise means they’ll be able to advise you on the potential elements you need to include, which you may not have considered. They can also advise you on the appointment of your attorney to ensure you have the most appropriate person.

At Hodge Jones and Allen Solicitors, we understand how difficult and sensitive this time can be to our clients, so our solicitors  make the process as simple and clear as possible, whilst making sure your LPA works best for you.

What is the process to get a Lasting Power of Attorney?

We will guide you through the process, call for a confidential discussion [number]. We’ll take the time to get to understand your individual circumstances and review your requirements.

Your solicitor will then advise you on the best options to ensure your wishes are expressed correctly and  will then prepare the LPA. After it’s complete, the LPA will then be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.

How much does a Lasting Power of Attorney Cost?

Our specialist lawyers offer a fixed fee service for this work. Our prices are as follows:

  • A single Lasting Power of Attorney – £675 + VAT at 20% (An LPA for Property and Financial Affairs or Health and Welfare)
  • Two Lasting Powers of Attorney – £875 + VAT at 20% (Both types of LPA for a single individual)
  • Four Lasting Powers of Attorney – £1,125 + VAT at 20% (Both types of LPA for a couple)

In addition, the Office of the Public Guardian charges a fee to register each LPA. That fee is currently £82 per LPA.

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