Who should make a lasting power attorney?
In our view, everybody. Anyone can potentially become physically or mentally incapable following an illness or accident, regardless of age or circumstances.
A will only operates after death, so it is a wise precaution to appoint attorneys you trust to make important decisions on your behalf should the need arise during your lifetime.
Lots of our clients seek advice from our Lasting Power of Attorney solicitors at the same time as making their wills, giving them peace of mind that they have made plans for after their death and during their lifetime.
Who can I choose as my attorney?
In theory, anyone who is over 18 can be an attorney. In the case of an attorney appointed to a Property and Financial Affairs LPA, however, they must not be bankrupt.
It is crucial to choose someone who can be trusted implicitly when appointing your attorney or attorneys. This is often one or more family members, trusted friends or professional advisers, but if you’re unsure, it is recommended to seek advice from a power of attorney lawyer to prevent any rejections, delays or misunderstandings.
If more than one attorney is appointed, they can be appointed “jointly” and do everything together, or “jointly and severally” so they can act together or individually on all issues.
How can Hugh James’ lasting power of attorney solicitors help?
While the process of creating a valid LPA might seem straightforward, rushing paperwork without prudence or professional advice could result in expensive consequences.
With tailored advice from our experienced Lasting Power of Attorney solicitors, we can help you through the process and reduce the chances of things going wrong. We can advise you on who you should choose as your attorneys, make sure that they understand their duties, and explain in detail the different ways attorneys can be authorised to make decisions.
Furthermore, our team of Lasting Power of Attorney lawyers could also help you nominate replacement attorneys or prevent the legitimacy of your Lasting Power of Attorney from being challenged or rejected, either by a medical professional or by the OPG.
Get in touch today if you have any questions or make an enquiry with our power of attorney solicitors.