Lasting Powers of Attorney

By making a Power of Attorney you can decide who you trust to make decisions for you should you lose capacity.

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What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document whereby you appoint one or more persons to either help you to make your decisions or, if you lack mental capacity, make those decisions for you.  There are two types of power, Health and Welfare and Property and Financial Affairs.  You can make either one power or both powers to suit your own personal circumstances.

Property and Financial Affairs

This give your attorney the authority to make decisions about your money and property, for example, manage your bank accounts, pay your bills, collect your benefits or pension and sell your house.

Health and Welfare

This gives your attorney power to make decisions about things such as your daily routine, your medical care, moving into a care home or life sustaining treatment.  Such a power will also give your attorney the authority to see medical information about you that is kept in written form such as doctors’ notes or care plans.

The powers are two separate documents and before either of them can be used, they need to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.  Due to the length of time this process takes, we highly recommend that the powers be registered as soon as they are complete.

How do I make a Power of Attorney?

We can assist you

  • In deciding who to appoint and in what circumstances
  • Prepare the correct documentation and act as certificate provider certifying that you have understood the implications of the document
  • Ensure the power is signed by all parties in the correct manner
  • Registration of your lasting power of attorney with the Office of the Public Guardian

Will writing, trusts and probate team

For further details of our services, please call a member of our probate and estate administration team on 01543 420000. Alternatively, you can email on: willsandprobate@keelys.co.uk

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