None of us knows what the future holds for us. We don't know how well we will be as we get older and whether we may need help with important matters that affect our wellbeing, such as health care, protecting our financial affairs and enacting our wishes in the event of our demise.
Lasting Power of Attorney is the most common form of Power of Attorney. It is an ongoing arrangement with no expiry date that will allow another person to make decisions on your behalf in the event of your incapacity.
Lasting Power of Attorney has to be registered with the government, through the 'Office of the Public Guardian.'
Percy Walker & Co Hastings are a long-established firm of solicitors specialising in complex legal areas such as Wills, Probate and Lasting Power of Attorneys as well as Conveyancing. The practice has been taking care of private clients in Hastings and beyond for over 75 years. They can give you the peace of mind for the future by helping you set up Lasting Power of Attorney for you and your family.
Lasting Power of Attorney gives a person more control over what happens to them if they have an accident or an illness and cannot make their own decisions because they the lack mental capacity to do so.
To qualify for Lasting Power of Attorney, a person must be over 18 years of age and have the mental capacity to make their own decisions when making it. You do not have to live in the United Kingdom or be a British citizen to make a Lasting Power of Attorney.
There are two kinds of Lasting Power of Attorney:
It is possible to have both.
If you are a relative of someone who has become incapable of managing their own affairs and needs a Lasting Power of Attorney, Percy Walker & Co are able to guide you through the process. This can include application to the Court of Protection as appropriate. They can also give advice on existing Enduring Powers of Attorney that may be in place.
HM Government has recently launched a Power of Attorney Refund Scheme ‘This is in respect of fees paid to The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) for Lasting Power of Attorneys and Enduring Power of Attorney Applications between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017.’ The refunds are being offered to those who may have been charged more than was necessary to apply to register.
If you believe this applies to you then the process is simple: it is an online application that needs to be made by the person who made the power of attorney or by Percy Walker and Co Solicitors acting on behalf of the claimant.
Contact Percy Walker Solicitors today for advice on this or any other Power of Attorney queries.
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