The Importance of a Power of Attorney.
12th December 2016
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Power of Attorney is a legal document where one person gives another person or persons the right to act on their behalf in the event of their becoming incapable of acting in their own best interests. This can be a temporary arrangement by Ordinary Power of Attorney or for longer-term arrangements people may use an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) or Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). Deciding which of these is most appropriate should be done with the guidance of an experienced Solicitor, like Aileen Francis at Percy Walker & Co.

Because people grow old with some suffering ill health, making them dependent upon others, it is a wise precaution to organise a Power of Attorney well in advance to facilitate the carers or family members being able to act when the time comes that the person is no longer capable.

In England and Wales a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is the current form of Power of Attorney of which there are two types:

 Property and financial affairs LPA, which gives one’s attorney the power to make decisions about money, financial matters, and property. This may include managing bank or building society accounts, paying bills, collecting a pension or benefits and, if necessary, selling the person’s home. Once registered with the Office of the Public Guardian, it can be used immediately, or held in readiness until required.

A health and welfare LPA gives one’s attorney the power to make decisions about your daily routine (washing, dressing, eating), medical care, moving into a care home and life-sustaining medical treatment. It can only be used if one is unable to make one’s own decisions.

Because such matters are deeply personal and very significant to the security and wellbeing of the person concerned they are best arranged through a Solicitor.

Local people are advised to speak with Percy Walker and Co., Solicitors of Hastings. Their professional expertise in Wills and Probate, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection and Residential Conveyancing services fulfils the legal needs of their many clients in Hastings and beyond with an empathetic and personal approach.

Percy Walker and Co. are specialists regarding the preparation of all types of Powers of Attorney. Clients old and new who would like further information about making a Lasting Powers of Attorney, and similar matters, should not hesitate to contact their offices in Hastings on 01424 721234. The first point of contact is Aileen Francis who is a very experienced solicitor in these matters and a full member of STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners).

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