Power of Attorney Solicitors London

There are many occasions when you may require a Power of Attorney or a Deed of some type to be prepared on your behalf. Power of Attorney Solicitors London can prepare these documents for you in accordance with your instructions. We do not use standard precedents and instead offer a bespoke document suited for your needs.

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How Can Our Power of Attorney Solicitors London Help You?

When someone makes a power of attorney, they appoint someone else to act on their behalf. The person making the power of attorney is called a donor and the person appointed to act on their behalf is called an attorney.

A power of attorney gives the attorney the legal authority to deal with third parties such as banks or the local council.

Powers of Attorney are widely used to cater for circumstances where someone is not available to act in person or to cover the possibility of being unable to act due to a loss in capacity.

For example:

  • You may want a Power of Attorney if you are going abroad for some time so that somebody else can look after your affairs whilst you are away.
  • You may be going away for a short time but have some important business coming up and don’t want to miss out.

 

  • You may be a company member who wants to appoint a staff member to secure a deal without the directors being present.
  • You may be unwell and thus want somebody to be able to deal with your affairs when and as you are not capable of doing so yourself, be it due to physical disability or mental illness.
  • Some types of power of attorney also give the attorney the legal power to make a decision on behalf of someone else such as where they should live or whether they should see a doctor.

We have detailed some of the various Powers of Attorney that are available, below.

General Power of Attorney

These can be used in almost every situation. However, they are invalid if you lose your mental capacity and may be considered revoked after 12 months unless evidence to the contrary is provided. They are therefore best used for short term appointments such as executing documents on your behalf while you are abroad.

We can prepare a General Power of Attorney for £90 plus VAT. To do so we will need to see ID in the form of your original Passport or Photo Driving Licence with Counterpart and we will need to see proof of your address by way of a recent bank statement or recent utility bill. If you do not have the correct ID please call us in advance so that we can arrange for alternative documents to complete the ID check.

Lasting Powers Of Attorney

There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA).

The first is a Property and Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney:

This can give someone the authority to deal with and make decisions about things like:

  • buying or selling property
  • bank, building society and other financial accounts
  • welfare benefits or tax credits
  • tax affairs
  • debts

You can give someone power of attorney to deal with all your property and financial affairs or only certain things, for example, to operate a bank account, to buy and sell property or change investments.

The LPA can be used as soon as the same is registered, with your consent, you do not have to wait until someone loses their mental capacity before using it. If you do not want the attorney to be able to make decisions about your affairs straight away, you should make sure that the LPA says this

 

The Second is a Health and Welfare Power of Attorney:

This can give someone authority to deal with and make decisions about things like:

  • where you live
  • your day-to-day care, including what you wear and what you eat
  • your healthcare treatment
  • what contact, if any, you should have with certain other people
  • whether you are to receive life sustaining care

You can make a health and welfare LPA which deals with all aspects of your personal welfare, or only certain things.

It’s not possible to use a health and welfare LPA until the person who made it has lost their mental capacity.

Lasting Powers of Attorney are not valid until they are registered with the Court of Protection. However once registered they will continue, unless revoked, even if one loses their mental capacity.

As these Powers continue after one has lost their mental capacity it is imperative to ensure that your Attorney or Attorneys’ are happy to act for you and will act in accordance with your instructions. They should be someone you closely trust.

The Attorney’s must always act in your best interests and as you would. Their decisions are governed by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and guidance is given in the code of practice which can be viewed, here.

To prepare the Lasting Power of Attorney you will need to meet one of our Power Of Attorney Solicitors London. You will need to bring your ID with you. We will need to see your original Passport or Photo Driving Licence with Counterpart and we will need to see proof of your address by way of a recent bank statement or recent utility bill. If you do not have the correct ID please call us in advance so that we can arrange for alternative documents to complete the ID check.

We can then complete the necessary forms with you, which we will explain to you during our meeting. To complete the Power you will need someone to sign a certificate of competency for you. If we believe we are able to do so we can complete the certificate on your behalf. If not you could choose a friend who has known you for at least two years or someone who can identity you and is acting in a professional capacity, such as your GP. The Certificate provider must state that they believe you have full mental capacity at that date, in order to sign this document.

Once the forms have been completed we will arrange for them to be registered with the Court of Protection.

Following registration we will then provide you the original document for you to hand over to your Attorney as and when you wish.

Fees:

Please contact Lasting Power of Attorney Solicitors for further information regarding the fees and court costs for your Lasting Power of Attorney either on 020 8646 4885 or email at legal@p-llp.net.

Deeds & Other Documents

We can prepare all types of deeds and other Documents in accordance with your instructions. You may need us to prepare a;

  • Change of Name Deed Poll;
  • Affidavits;
  • Statements of Truth;
  • Statutory Declarations;
  • Or any other type of Documents.

The preparation of these tailormade documents will usually cost £80 plus VAT. However, once we know what document you require we will confirm a price to you.

To request a quote or find out more about our Power of Attorney Solicitors London, please attend either office, or call on 0208 646 4885 or email us at Legal@p-llp.net.

 

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