We are here to offer you specialist advice on powers of attorney. Meet our team of experts to provide you with a tailor made service to assist you. At GLC we have experienced lawyers who are specialists in this area of law.
As the years pass by, and families expand, we often start to think about the future and what our later years may have in store. As well as helping you to plan for when you are no longer here, at GLC we can also offer expert advice on helping you prepare for situations in later life, such as mental or physical incapacity.
We can talk to you about putting Lasting Powers of Attorney in place to cover your property and finances and your health and welfare, whereby you appoint people you trust (your attorneys) to make decisions about your affairs in the event that you are not able to do so for yourself. Parents often appoint their children or grandchildren in this role and put trust in the younger generation.
We can advise you on the advantages and disadvantages of the type of appointment you may wish to make and the other things you should consider before putting in place these powerful documents.
We can talk you through the process so you know exactly what is involved and to enable you to make informed decisions, and then guide you through each step as the matter progresses, from deciding on who should be your attorneys and how they can act, to getting the documentation signed and witnessed correctly then onto registering the documents with the court (The Office of the Public Guardian).
Frequently Asked Questions
My daughter has told me to put in place Lasting Powers of Attorney as well as a Will, but I don’t want lots of expensive legal documents that are basically the same. Which one do you think is most important to make?
At GLC, we believe that both Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney are equally valuable and worthwhile documents, and they are quite different. People tend to worry about what will happen after their death and how to ensure that their estates will be administered in accordance with their wishes, so they make Wills, but fewer people seem to be concerned with how their affairs would be dealt with if they were still alive, but had an accident or illness that meant that they were no longer able to make or communicate decisions for themselves. This sort of situation is more common than you think, and without putting Lasting Powers of Attorney in place, it can leave a real mess for your family. Bills cannot be paid, bank accounts cannot be accessed, and property cannot be sold whilst money for ongoing care and expenses can start to mount up. If the person is mentally incapable of making decisions about their health and welfare, and there is no legal authority in place for a chosen person to speak on their behalf, then it is down to the medical professionals and care staff to make the overriding decisions regarding the patient. Whilst they will make those decisions on the basis they believe them to be in the patient’s best interests, those best interests may not be the same as the patient’s wishes. By having powers of attorney in place in advance, this avoids family members needing to make applications for Deputyship to the Court of Protection, which is a much longer and involved process, not to mention more expenses.
GLC can take your instructions for both Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney at one initial appointment and complete everything at a second, so more documents doesn’t necessarily mean more meetings, nor does it mean more cost. We agree with your daughter – you should definitely consider doing both. We offer fixed fees on both Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, which are tiered in cost according to the complexity of your instructions. We are transparent about our costs so you can make an informed decision on how to proceed, and due to the timeline of the processes and how they tie together, the costs are payable for each document separately, often a few weeks apart.
At GLC we can provide you with a quote for our costs at the outset of the matter and we can also talk to you about the fees payable on registration to the court and help you see if you are eligible for any exemption or remission of those fees.
We believe in making access to the right advice as simple as possible. Often, we can make a real difference in a single or planned series of phone advice sessions from as little as £75. Call today to speak to our enquiry team for a free initial consultation.
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