Lasting Powers of Attorney
Sheridan & Co Solicitors, based in Kingston, Surrey, has considerable experience in drafting Lasting Powers of Attorney.
A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal mechanism by which you can give another person (known as the ‘attorney’) authority to make decisions on your behalf if you lose the capacity to make decisions for yourself.
Most clients for whom we prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney are elderly. However, because loss of capacity through injury or illness can occur to at any time, Lasting Powers of Attorney are an important safeguard for everyone, regardless of age.
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We offer our clients an efficient, friendly and cost-effective service, guiding them through the process of obtaining a Lasting Power of Attorney with sensitivity and the minimum of delay.
An introduction to Lasting Powers of Attorney
There are two distinct types of Lasting Power of Attorney
- The Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney, and
- The Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney.
Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney
A Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney is a way to choose in advance who will be authorised to make decisions on your behalf relating to your welfare and health if you lose the capacity to make decisions yourself. You can choose what decisions your 'attorney' will be entitled to make. Most of our client authorise their 'attorney' to give or refuse consent to medical treatment including life-sustaining treatment and decisions about residential care.
Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney
A Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney is a way to choose someone to manage your financial affairs. In contrast to a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney, where the 'attorney' can only be authorised to exercise his or her powers after you lose mental capacity, a Property and Financial Affairs 'attorney' can be authorised to act on your behalf whilst you still have capacity. When setting up the Lasting Power of Attorney, you can decide the extent of power the 'attorney' will have.
Who to choose as 'attorney'
Needless to say, you should choose someone you trust. You can have more than one person, and many of our clients choose different people for each type of Lasting Power of Attorney.
If you would like to learn more about Lasting Powers of Attorney and how we can help you, please telephone us on 020 8541 1181 or email us at email@example.com