The Different Types of Powers of Attorney
General Power of Attorney
Many people may need to appoint someone to act on their behalf if they are unable to act for a short period of time, for example, if you are unwell in hospital but still mentally capable of managing your affairs but perhaps physically prevented from doing so. During this time you may need someone to be able to manage your financial affairs. By preparing a General Power of Attorney you would be able to allow someone to assist in managing your financial affairs whilst you are prevented from doing so. A General Power of Attorney comes to an end if you lose mental capacity.
Lasting Powers of Attorney
Property and Financial Affairs: The main aim of a Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Powers of Attorney is to enable people, whilst they are still mentally capable, to delegate control over part or all of their financial affairs to somebody else. In the event of the onset of mental or physical incapacity, the existence of a Lasting Powers of Attorney can be of enormous help to both you and your family in ensuring you can be assisted and cared for as quickly and efficiently as possible. A Lasting Power of Attorney can also be used before the onset of such incapacity. Careful consideration needs to be given as to the powers you delegate and most importantly your choice of an Attorney and we can guide you through these decisions.
In some cases, if you have no family to act as an Attorney you can appoint our partners to manage your financial affairs in the event that you become incapacitated.
Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney
A Personal Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney enables you to appoint someone to be consulted on important medical decisions in the event that you are unable to communicate such consent yourself. There are also ways in which you can specify certain restrictions on the nature of your medical treatment in the event of your incapacity. We can guide you through the difficult decisions involved here.
Registration of Enduring/Lasting Powers of Attorney
If an Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney needs to be registered, we can assist with the registration process. Alternatively, if someone has made an application to register an Enduring Power of Attorney or Lasting Power of Attorney and you do not believe that the registration should continue, we can provide advice and assist in objecting to the registration or applying to remove an Attorney who is acting inappropriately. Likewise, if you are applying for registration and an unjustified objection is made we can advise and assist with dealing with that. If someone does not have the sufficient level of understanding to enter into a Lasting Power of Attorney an application to the Court of Protection may be necessary.