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A Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to make provision for what should happen to you in the future should you subsequently become unable to make decisions for yourself. A Lasting Power of Attorney enables you to appoint a friend or family member who you trust to act and make decisions on your behalf.

You can only grant a Lasting Power of Attorney whilst you are mentally able to and are deemed to have capacity. It is therefore crucial that you plan ahead and take steps now whilst you are still fit and healthy. This is particularly relevant as a Lasting Power of Attorney will need to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used and that registration process can be lengthy.

There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney that you can put in place:

i) Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney
This will allow you to choose an individual or individuals to make decisions on your behalf for such things as the medical treatment you may or may not receive.

It is important to note that this type of Power of Attorney may only be used by your Attorney if you do not have capacity to make the relevant decisions yourself.

ii) Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney
This will allow you to choose an individual or individuals to make decisions on your behalf regarding your property or financial affairs. Such decisions can range from organising payment of your day to day bills right up to the sale of your home.

The Power of Attorney will be valid as soon as it is registered, irrespective of whether or not you have capacity.  However, as a safeguard, within the Power of Attorney you can state that your Attorney can only make decisions when you are no longer able to do so yourself.
 
Without a Lasting Power of Attorney, it will be more difficult for your family and friends to manage your affairs, and depending on your circumstances, may mean that they will need to apply to the Court of Protection for a Deputyship Order.  For further details about this, please see our guide to Deputyship Orders.

Fees
At Curzon Green our experienced solicitors can guide you through the process of putting in place a lasting power of attorney. Our fees for providing this advice and submitting the forms on your behalf are likely to be as follows:

Power of Attorney
 
Legal Fees
 
VAT
 
Total
 
Single £325.00 £65.00 £390.00
       
Double (Health
& Finances)
£475.00 £95.00 £570.00
       
Couple
(using same attorney)
(1 each)
£495.00 £99.00 £594.00
       
Couple
(using same attorney)
(2 each)
£800.00 £160.00 £960.00
       
Registration fee (payable to the Office of the
Public Guardian)
£82.00 N/A £82.00

We are also able to offer an advice-only service, consisting of a face-to-face meeting where we will explain the LPA process. Please note that under this service we would not complete or sign the form, but provide advice to enable you to do so. Our fee for this service is usually £150.00 plus VAT (£180.00 total).

Please note that every matter is different and the above should be taken as a guide rather than a fixed quotation.

Please contact us today for a free no obligation telephone discussion by calling us on one of the two telephone numbers referred to at the top of this page, or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Lasting Powers of Attorney Team

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