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Power of attorney & wills

Power of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document. It allows you to appoint someone that you trust as an ‘attorney’ to make decisions on your behalf. Attorneys can make decisions for you when you no longer wish to or when you lack the mental capacity to do so.

A Lasting Power of Attorney cannot be used until it is registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.

A Lasting Power of Attorney can help you plan how your health, wellbeing and financial affairs will be looked after. It allows you to plan in advance:

  • The decisions you want to be made on your behalf if you lose capacity to make them yourself
  • The people you want to make these decisions
  • How you want the people to make these decisions

Having a Lasting Power of Attorney is a safe way of maintaining control over decisions made for you.

There are two different types of Lasting Power of Attorney:

  • Health and welfare Lasting Power of Attorney
  • Property and financial affairs Lasting Power of Attorney

Health and welfare Lasting Power of Attorney

A health and welfare Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to choose one or more people to make decisions for things such as medical treatment. A health and welfare Lasting Power of Attorney can only be used if you lack the ability to make decisions for yourself.

Property and financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney

A property and financial affairs Lasting Power of Attorney lets you choose one or more people to make property and financial affairs decisions for you. This could include decisions about paying bills or selling your home. You can appoint someone as an attorney to look after your property and financial affairs at any time. You can also include a condition that means the attorney can only make decisions when you lose the ability to do so yourself.

Wills

Thinking about when we are no longer around to help our loved ones is something we would rather not think about, however ensuring financial matters are in order can be the best thing you can do for your family’s future.

In addition to emotional considerations - such as your desire to do what’s best for you and your loved ones - financial and legal factors must all be taken into account, often with little prior knowledge or understanding of these areas.

Chiver’s solicitors can guide you through the process from start to finish, taking the burden off your shoulders.

Costs

We do our best to ensure that you are fully aware of the cost of your case.

On matters that are agreed it is usual for us to agree a fixed amount so you are certain of the costs at the beginning of the case.

On matters that are not agreed we provide a cost based on the information we have at the beginning of the case this is then reviewed periodically. You may also agree to set a limit to the costs should you wish to do so. Work will stop as soon as the limit has been reached and you may set a new limit based on how your case is progressing.