Powers of Attorney

Putting in place a Power of Attorney enables someone chosen by you to deal with your affairs in circumstances where you are not able to. This may simply be because you are going to be out of the country for an extended period of time and documents will need to be signed during that period. Alternatively, you may wish to have a Power of Attorney in place in case you are not able to make decisions about your affairs because of incapacitating illness or loss of mental capacity.

Depending on your circumstances, it is possible for you to put in place the following types of powers of attorney:

  • General Power of Attorney – Useful for situations where you are not going to be able to sign documents or deal with matters yourself. These powers will not help if you have already lost, or subsequently lose mental capacity, either temporarily or permanently.
  • Lasting Power of Attorney: Property and Affairs – This power will enable your attorneys to deal with your finances and your property. If you have one in place and have registered it with the Office of the Public Guardian, this power will continue to operate even if you later lose mental capacity.
  • Lasting Power of Attorney: Health and Welfare – This is designed to appoint persons to make decisions about your personal health and welfare in the event that you cannot make these yourself. It can include giving your attorneys the power to decide whether or not you should receive life sustaining treatment.

The decision to give someone the power to make decisions on your behalf is an important one. We can provide you with the expert guidance and advice you need to help you in reaching your decisions. If you would like help putting in place a Power of Attorney, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss how we can assist you.

Court of Protection and Appointment of Deputies

Where a person has lost mental capacity but they do not have in place a Lasting Power of Attorney or one of the older style Enduring Powers of Attorney, usually the only way in which another person can make a decision for them and deal with their affairs is to be appointed as a Deputy. We provide comprehensive advice on the steps that need to be taken in order to become a Deputy and will guide you through the entire process.

Trusted Advice and Guidance

Our Private Client department offers comprehensive advice on everything you need to consider when appointing an attorney, giving you peace of mind for the future. We can also advise you on a wide range of other legal matters that you might need to consider when putting in place a Power of Attorney, such as estate planning by making a Will or lifetime gifts.

With offices in Wisbech, King’s Lynn, Downham Market and March, we are close at hand if you need to meet with us urgently or need to call in to sign documents, We are also happy to arrange a home visit if you need it.

Costs and Fees

We charge a fixed fee for a straightforward Power of Attorney so you know exactly how much it will cost. If the work is going to be more complicated, we will give you an estimate of the cost upfront. There are no hidden charges.

Free Initial Consultation

We welcome enquiries and are happy to meet for a free of charge initial consultation. This gives us an opportunity to discuss your case with you and to provide you with an estimate of the potential costs involved.