Powers of Attorney & Court of Protection

Powers of Attorney & Court of Protection

Lasting Powers of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document that you make to appoint someone else to deal with your affairs on your behalf, if you have lost the mental capacity and/or physical ability to deal with your affairs yourself. The difference between a Lasting Power of Attorney and a straightforward general Power of Attorney is that a Lasting Power of Attorney continues to be valid, even if you lose your mental capacity. It is, therefore, an extremely important document to have in place, even if your attorneys never need to use it. It is also a powerful document and it is important that you know and trust the people you choose to be your attorney or attorneys implicitly.

There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney. One deals with the financial decisions of the donor of the Lasting Power of Attorney and the other with the health and care decisions. They cannot be used by the attorneys until they are registered at the Office of the Public Guardian.

We can provide you with invaluable advice about the way in which Lasting Powers of Attorney work and will assist with drafting and registering the documents.

Please click here for more information from the gov.uk website.

Deputyship Matters

If someone loses his or her mental capacity, without having made a Lasting Power of Attorney, it is possible for a relative or friend to apply to the Court of Protection to be appointed as his or her deputy. The deputy can then make decisions about their finances and/or health and welfare.

Applying to the Court of Protection to be someone’s deputy can be a complex and lengthy process. We can assist you with drafting and making the deputyship application to the Court and can also advise about management of the deputyship, including making applications to the Court for certain orders.

We also take on the role of professional deputy, in circumstances where clients have no other friends or relatives who are able or willing to do so.

Please click here for more information from the gov.uk website.

For further information about Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters, please contact Outi Hubbard, Sarah Ellis or Florence Ferguson.

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Contact

florence ferguson

florence ferguson

fn@hpwsolicitors.co.uk

020 8735 9785

sarah ellis

sarah ellis

se@hpwsolicitors.co.uk

020 8735 9772

outi hubbard

outi hubbard

oh@hpwsolicitors.co.uk

020 87835 9771