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Few consider the security and peace of mind that a Lasting Power of Attorney can also provide.
Whilst most of us understand the importance of having a Will in place for you and your family, however there could be a time where you do not have the mental capacity to make decisions for yourself.
Mental and physical incapacity can hit anyone, at any time, whether due to injury, illness or old age, so having a lasting power of attorney in place is not just recommended for the elderly.
Headed up by Aneesha Bhunjun, our specialist wills and probate team possess a wealth of knowledge and experience and can advise you on the different types of lasting powers of attorney available, finding the right solution for you.
What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets the ‘donor’ (you) appoint one or more ‘attorneys’ who will be people you trust to make decisions on your behalf about your property and finance, or health and welfare at a time in the future when either due to ill health, old age or an accident, for an example, you are unable to make decisions for yourself. When making an LPA you must be over the age of 18 and have the mental capacity. (the ability to make decisions for yourself)
There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA):
- Lasting Power of Attorney for property and financial affairs
- Lasting Power of Attorney for health and welfare
Without an LPA, your family and friends will not have the legal authority to manage your affairs on your behalf and they will need to make an application to the Court of Protection to appoint a deputy to act for you. This can cause unnecessary emotional distress, be time-consuming and costly. Furthermore, without instructions from you, an appointed deputy will have to comply with directions from a Judge, which could mean they do not make the decisions you would have made for yourself.
Power of Attorney and Court of Protection Advice
If you would like to speak to us regarding all the options available to you, either regarding putting a Lasting Power of Attorney into place, or if you need to apply to the Court of Protection on behalf of a loved one who has lost mental capacity, our local Power of Attorney Solicitors in Brixton are on hand to guide you through the process and help you to find the right approach for you and your family.
Contact our Power of Attorney Lawyers in Brixton
To speak to our experienced power of attorney or court of protection legal team in Brixton you can call us on 0207 095 5700 or make an enquiry. Your enquiry will be dealt with in complete confidence and you can be sure of our complete discretion at all times.
Our other Legal Services
We pride ourselves on providing our clients with a complete legal service, covering all the legal matters that you may require. When seeking advice regarding estate planning and protection, we realise there may be other matters you would like to discuss with us, and should you require it, we will ensure you get all the advice and guidance you need concerning other legal matters including property law, immigration and family law.