What is a power of attorney?
"peace of mind that you will be looked after by someone you trust"
- a document that gives someone you choose, (your attorney) the legal authority to look after your affairs when you can no longer do so yourself. This is usually when you have lost your mental or physical capacity either as a result of old age, illness or a serious accident.
Who needs one?
- Anyone, any age, at any stage of life - none of us know when we might lose either the physical ability or mental capacity to look after ourselves and our affairs.
How do they work?
- The document itself is accepted as authority by institutions, for examples banks, allowing your attorney to deal with your affairs on your behalf.
- Your attorney must always act in your best interests and there are safeguards in place to ensure this happens
What do I need to do first?
- To begin with you need to decide whether you would like a Lasting Power of Attorney that just deals with your health and welfare or, your property and financial affairs or both. We can explain the differences and help you decide which option is best for you.
- You also need to think about who you would like to be the person that will act as your attorney.
What will it cost?
- To provide certainty and clarity we have a fee guide that we can send you upon request.
- Our fees start from as little as £600 plus VAT
What if I don't have a power of attorney?
If you or someone you care for is losing or has lost their mental capacity and does not have a power of attorney, then the procedure is very different. A person called a deputy will need to be appointed.
The appointment of a deputy requires an application to court and is usually a costly and drawn out process. If you want to become a deputy we can help you with the application. After the appointment is confirmed by the court we can help the deputy with the day to day administration that is required. We can also apply to be a deputy if no one else can apply.
Call us for free and without obligation.
You need to satisfy yourself that we are the right choice for you. Please telephone and speak to one of our powers of attorney solicitors for free on 0800 037 1625 or fill in the online form to request a call back and someone will ring you within 24 hours.
You can access any of our wills, probate and power of attorney lawyers at any of our offices spread throughout Surrey, Hampshire and Greater London including Kingston upon Thames, Bordon, Cheam, Canary Wharf, Leatherhead, Raynes Park, Surbiton, Tolworth or Walton on Thames.