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Solicitor for Lasting Power of Attorney in Liverpool City Centre

A Lasting Power of Attorney is an important document which allows the client to choose another person to make decisions on his or her behalf in the future even if the donor of the Power becomes unable to manage his or her financial affairs.

It is possible in the Lasting Power of Attorney to include guidance for the Attorney as to the donor's wishes and details of any restrictions and conditions on the Attorney's powers.

The Lasting Power of Attorney is not valid until it has been registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney, which are outlined below.

  • 1. Property and Financial Affairs
  • 2. Health and Welfare
  • Why Do I Need a Lasting Power of Attorney?
Which allow the Attorney to make decisions about selling a property and dealing with financial affairs such as paying bills, receiving bank statements, making financial decisions etc.
Which allows decisions on treatment, future care, medication, future residence issues etc.

You can make a Lasting Power of Attorney for either or both of these types of matters. Separate applications for registration have to be made for each Lasting Power of Attorney.

The application is made by completing a Lasting Power of Attorney form and making the appropriate application to the Office of the Public Guardian for registration. The Office of the Public Guardian manages the registration process and maintains a register of all registered Lasting Power of Attorneys.

It is important for a Lasting Power of Attorney to be made to ensure that one's affairs are properly dealt with if a person becomes unable to manage his or her own affairs in the future. If a Lasting Power of Attorney is not made and a person can no longer manage his or her own affairs it may be necessary for an application to be made for a Deputy to be appointed by the Court of Protection and this procedure is more expensive and involves the family in more time consuming legal work.
Losing mental capacity is a nightmare scenario, but also an unavoidable consequence of growing old for many people. It is estimated that a third of those aged over 65 develop dementia, with 850,000 suffering from the disorder in the UK. Mental capacity may be lost if a person develops a dementia condition such as Alzheimer’s disease, suffers a stroke, falls into a coma, or sustains a serious injury in an accident.

A Lasting Power of Attorney, whereby a person chooses a representative(s) to take over control of their affairs in the event of mental incapacity, therefore represents sensible planning for an unpredictable future, and can end up saving both the client and their family money.

An unfortunate consequence of loss of mental capacity is that a person can be exposed to financial exploitation, and fraudsters are known to target such vulnerable individuals with scams. Furthermore, if a person loses their mental faculties, and does not have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place, their relatives will need to apply to the Court of Protection to be able to take control of their affairs. This can be a time-consuming, distressing, and costly process.

By setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney, a person does not suddenly relinquish control of their financial affairs and property, rather they put in place a mechanism whereby a representative, usually a family member, can take control of their affairs either before or when they lose the capacity to make decisions on their own behalf. If and when a person’s mental faculties recover they can then resume control of their affairs. A Lasting Power of Attorney can include guidance for the ‘attorney’, and also impose restrictions on their powers. More than one person can be appointed as an attorney, and the ‘donor’ can decide whether each one can act on their own (severally) or together (jointly).

Why Choose Bartletts Solicitors?

Solid Traditional Values Delivered
in a Modern Convenient Manner

Our firm has years of experience in Lasting Power of Attorney matters in the city of Liverpool and across Merseyside.

We offer a no obligation quotation, competitive fixed fees and home visits.

Your Lasting Power of Attorney will be handled from start to finish by Louise Nelson, a solicitor with 39 years experience of helping families in Liverpool with elderly relatives. Louise is assisted by Fran Cartwright, a solicitor specialising in this area of law.

Customer service is very important to us. John Bartlett has been managing the firm for over 40 years and takes customer satisfaction very seriously.

Send Our Lasting Power Of Attorney Team an Enquiry:

Lasting Power Of Attorney Solicitor Liverpool City Centre
Louise Nelson is a solicitor with 39 years experience in Power of Attorney matters. Louise and her team will be happy to offer you a no obligation quotation.

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