It is an unfortunate fact of life that with an aging population, more and more of us may be affected by impaired mental capacity. We can advise you on the making of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) to appoint somebody to make decisions on your behalf. Unfortunately, many people do not have LPAs and often disputes can arise when there is no LPA and applications to the Court of Protection concerning a vulnerable person would then become necessary.
A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document appointing someone to be responsible for dealing with your affairs either in general or specific areas such as your property and finances or health and welfare matters. You must have mental capacity when you sign the Lasting Power of Attorney but once signed it will still be valid even if you become mentally incapable. A Lasting Power of Attorney usually avoids the need to involve the Court of Protection if someone subsequently does become mentally incapable. If you have reached a stage in your life when you would like help (to cope) with your affairs our service is designed and tailored to look after you expertly, clearly and openly. Alternatively if you are caring for an elderly relative and their financial affairs you may (need to) face new and sometimes unexpected challenges and our professional expertise will help steer you through this. We will explain everything to you as clearly as possible at every stage and we will use plain english rather than legal jargon.
Why problems can arise?
Even when a LPA does exist disputes can arise between family members of the Donor who are unable to agree on the management of the vulnerable person’s affairs. This can therefore be a difficult time for clients and we provide practical advice and cost effective solutions to all problems to include:
- Preparation and registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney;
- Attorneyship and Court of Protection matters and disputes;
- Guidance to Attorneys and Deputies so that they can fulfil their duties;
- General Powers of Attorney;
- Registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney;
- Advising the elderly and vulnerable clients.
We offer home and hospital visits to the elderly, infirm and disabled and can print documentation in large print upon request.