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Power of attorney

We understand how distressing it can be to face the prospect of someone close to you becoming unable to manage their affairs because of illness or incapacity, or even of facing the prospect of that happening to yourself.

In those circumstances it is necessary for an authorised person (your `attorney`) to act on your behalf.

Our Probate Department provides a sensitive and expert approach to all aspects of these difficult issues and can advise in relation to Ordinary Powers of Attorney (OPA), which grant powers to others to deal with your affairs for a limited period or for a specific purpose, and Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) which can deal with your property and financial affairs and/or your personal welfare. We can also advise on the registration of an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) with the Office of the Public Guardian.

Where an Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney has not been prepared and a friend or family member loses mental capacity, it is necessary to apply to the Court of Protection to appoint Deputies (previously called Receivers) to look after the affairs of those no longer able to deal with them on their own. We can assist prospective deputies (often a family member) with applications to the court and offer clear advice and guidance in this complex area of law.

Areas of specialism:

  • Power of attorney
  • Preparing lasting power of attorney for property and personal welfare
  • Enduring power of attorney (registration)
  • Applications to the Court of Protection for appointment of deputies

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