Power of Attorney

 

What is a Power of Attorney?

A lasting power of attorney is a legal document that lets someone (the ‘donor’) appoint people (known as ‘attorneys’) to make decisions on that person’s behalf.
It could be used if you became unable to make your own decisions through ill health or mental incapacity.

If you lose mental capacity, unless you’ve already set up Power of Attorney, your loved ones will need to apply through court to become ‘deputy’ – a long and expensive process.
Instead, you can nominate a trusted friend or relative before you lose capacity, by setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).

You can appoint one or more representatives to act for you, and can determine how they work together to make decisions on your behalf.

There are 2 types of lasting power of attorney:

health and welfare

property and financial affairs

Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney

This allows you to choose one person or more to make decisions about things like:

moving into a care home

medical care

your daily routine (for example the food you eat and the clothes you wear)

life-sustaining treatment

This type of lasting power of attorney can only be used when you are unable to make your own decisions.

Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney

This lets you choose one person or more to make decisions regarding your financial affairs and property such as:

how your money is invested

selling your home

paying bills

collecting benefits

This type of lasting power of attorney can be used as soon as it’s registered, with your permission.

 

Why Choose Jennings for Estate Planning?

We have vast experience in estate planning and have assisted many clients secure their wealth

We will explain the process clearly and keep you informed about what is happening at each stage

We provide cost effective solutions tailored to your situation and will provide clear information about costs involved

All communication and support is confidential

 

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Jennings Solicitors can set up Lasting Powers of Attorney for you or a family member, just contact us to arrange an appointment on 01554 772331

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