Powers of Attorney
Powers of Attorney
The number of applications for Lasting Powers of Attorney has significantly increased over recent years. Our Private Client solicitors are highly experienced in the advising and drafting of Lasting Powers of Attorney for all clients young and elderly. We appreciate that Lasting Powers of Attorney can be vital and we understand the importance for our clients to make an informed decision on who will look after their personal affairs if they ever became incapable of doing so themselves.
Following a change in law in October 2007, there are now two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney - Property & Financial Affairs and separately Health & Welfare whereby an individual known as the donor is able to appoint or one more individuals called attorneys to step in and make decisions on the donors behalf if they are unable to do so themselves.
At Seddons, we appreciate that this area of law can be overwhelming and confusing to clients and we regularly advise donors and attorneys on the legal and practical implications of Lasting Powers of Attorney, offering support and guidance not only when setting up the Lasting Powers of Attorney but also after the registration process has ended. Members of our Private Client Team are often appointed as attorneys to act alongside family members who want the assistance of a professional attorney and we offer pragmatic and sensible advice whilst maintaining the donor’s best interests which is paramount.
We can also take care of the registration process with the Office of the Public Guardian and deal with any enquiries that are raised ensuring a seamless process from start to finish.
The Lasting Powers of Attorney superseded the old arrangement of Enduring Powers of Attorney which were made prior to October 2007. Enduring Powers of Attorney set up before this time are still valid but will need to be registered at the Office of the Public Guardian in order for them to be used. Our Private Client Solicitors are experienced in this process and we regularly assist clients who require their Enduring Powers of Attorneys to be registered taking away this administrative burden during a difficult time for families who are dealing with the loss of capacity of a loved one.
We also review Enduring Powers of Attorney for our clients and advise if a new Lasting Power of Attorney is required to ensure adequate protection is in place. If this is the case, we are also able to deal with the necessary revocation of the old Enduring Power of Attorney.