We are able to offer services regarding General Powers of Attorney/Authority and also Lasting Powers of Attorney. A Lasting Power of Attorney will allow you to choose someone to act on your behalf (as an Attorney) and make decisions about your property and your financial affairs when you are unable to make such decisions for yourself. Please note if you want someone to make decisions about your health and welfare, this is a separate issue which you would need to discuss further with us.
When completing a Power of Attorney you must ensure you understand the purpose the Lasting Power and the extent of authority you may be providing to someone. You will no doubt be giving somebody the power to influence the running of your bank accounts, savings accounts and decisions about making or selling investments which could include your property – you are ultimately allowing someone to spend your money and make decisions for you!
Attorneys can only use their power after a Lasting Power of Attorney has been registered and stamped by the Office of Public Guardian. Your Attorneys can make decisions for you as soon as the Lasting Power of Attorney has been registered by them.
Please note your Attorneys must act in your best interest and make decisions for you when you are unable to make decisions yourself. They must take into account all relevant circumstances to include, if appropriate, consulting you and others who are interested in your welfare. Your Attorneys must assume that you can make your own decisions unless they establish that you cannot do so. Your Attorneys are under an obligation to help you make as many of your own decisions as possible, and cannot treat you as unable to make the decision in questions unless all practical steps to help you have been made without success. Before your Attorney makes the decision in question or acts for you, they must consider whether they can make the decision or act in a way that is less restrictive of your rights and freedom but still achieves a purpose.
If you wish to receive advice from us concerning Lasting Power of Attorneys at any time, we will require from you full names and correspondence addresses together with date of births and National Insurance Numbers. Please contact Stuart@pcslegal.co.uk with any questions you may have.