None of us want to think that, one day, we might not be well enough to look after ourselves and our affairs. But when it comes to planning for future mental incapacity, Gillhams’ lawyers make a rather daunting process easier to navigate.
We have a team dedicated to putting in place Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). These are legal documents which appoint a person (an “attorney”) to look after the welfare, money or property of someone who can no longer do this for themselves.
There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney:
Property and Financial Affairs
This Lasting Power of Attorney covers decisions in relation to your finances and any assistance you may need with managing your bank accounts and investments, buying or selling property, and applying for benefits.
Health and Welfare
This Lasting Power of Attorney covers decisions regarding the type of medical treatment you receive, and if social care is required, whether care should be at home or in a care home.
Prior to 1 October 2007, there was a different type of Power of Attorney in use. This was known as the Enduring Power of Attorney, and covered decisions in relation to your property and finances. These documents can no longer be prepared but are still valid and Gillhams can assist you with registration.
Our Power of Attorney lawyers deal with all types of issues, from the most complex arrangements to more straightforward instructions. But there’s one common theme: every case needs to be handled with expertise, clarity and sensitivity. Leaving nothing to chance, our team makes sure that clients’ wishes are informed and properly recorded.
And we make sure that our clients’ wishes are respected too. Because we don’t just advise clients who want to draw up Powers of Attorney. We also work with their attorneys, to help them understand LPAs and their duties under them. We’ll even act as attorneys ourselves if our client wants us to.
And, because we’re Court of Protection experts, we’re experienced in the formalities of registering, interpreting and enforcing LPAs. Any conflicts are handled quickly and with certainty by our disputes team, so family members, attorneys and others can get on with caring for the people who count most in all of this.
Our Power of Attorney services:
Advising on options and process
Drafting and registering Lasting Powers of Attorney
Registering Enduring Powers of Attorney
Acting as attorneys under Property and Affairs LPAs