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Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA’s)

LPA’s allow you to choose people to act on your behalf (called attorneys) to make decisions for you when you are unable to make decisions for yourself but they need to be made whilst you are well.

There are 2 types of LPA

  1. Health and Welfare – once appointed the attorney would be able to make decisions about your health care and medical treatment, decisions about where you live and day to day decisions about your personal welfare such as diet, dress or daily routine. Attorneys can (if you wish) give or refuse consent to life sustaining treatment.
  2. Property and Financial Affairs – once appointed the attorney would be able to make decisions about your property and affairs. This includes the running of bank and savings accounts, decisions about making/selling investments, selling property and spending your money.

Without an LPA, none of these things can be done without a Court order.

We recommend you enter into LPA’s while you are in good health. Consider LPA’s when you are making or changing your will. You may wish to enter into one or both types of LPA. You can have as many attorneys as you wish

There are certain adults that need to be told if you are entering into an LPA and these are people who know you well. They are given an opportunity to raise any concerns or objections.

You also need a ‘certificate provider’ ie an independent person who can confirm you understand the significance of entering into an LPA. This could be your GP. Once made the LPA must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). Fees are payable to OPG.

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Wills & Probate

Michelle Davidson-Smith heads up the private client department.

One of our specialist team can take you through the often difficult process of preparing your will or lasting power of attorney to ensure that the best possible arrangements are in place to suit your particular needs. We will refer you for specialist tax and independent financial advice where appropriate and we work closely with local firms of accountants who offer specialist advice at preferential rates. We also undertake probate work and are able to assist in the administration of estates at all levels.

The team offer an out of hours telephone service so that a client is able to speak directly with a solicitor.

Free initial appointments are also available so that a client may come into the office and be informed without financial commitment as to the best way to effectively deal with their situation.

Michelle adopts a caring and sympathetic approach to all clients. Working with you means results.



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