Powers of Attorney
There are several forms a Power of Attorney can take and we can advise on the best one for your unique circumstances. It can get confusing so please ask and we can help you with your understanding and help find the best solution for you and your family.
LASTING POWERs OF ATTORNEY
A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a way of giving someone you trust, your attorney, the legal authority to make decisions on your behalf if you lose the mental capacity to do so in the future, or if you no longer want to make decisions for yourself.
Enduring powers of attorney
An enduring power of attorney (EPA) under English Law is a legal authorisation to act on someone else's behalf in legal and financial matters which can continue in force after the person granting it loses mental capacity, and so can be used to manage the affairs of people who have lost the ability to deal with their own affairs, without the need to apply to the Court of Protection
GENERAL POWERs OF ATTORNEY
An ordinary power of attorney (OPA) is a legal document in which someone (the donor) gives another person (the attorney) the right to help them make decisions, or take decisions on their behalf. It can also be called a general power of attorney. An OPA can only be used if the donor has mental capacity.