A Lasting Power of Attorney enables you to choose who you would like to manage your affairs - be it in relation to property and finance or your health and care should you become unable to do so.
Our specialist legal team will give you full advice and help you to consider all your options.
You will have the confidence that you are our priority, with our aim being that any member of the team is available to speak with you when you need some clarity and certainty at any stage in the process. We feel this provides reassurance and gives you an outlet for any concerns that you may have.
We are proud to hold Lexcel and WIQS Accreditations, issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain high levels of client care.
The Wills,Trust and Probate department is headed up by Emma Stride. Director, Susan Howarth, is the Practice Supervisor for the private client department (Wills, Trust & Probate) and the Law Society's WIQS accreditation.
We offer fixed fees for making Lasting Powers of Attorney.
Lasting Powers of Attorney: Fixed Fees
Our legal fees will range between £400 to £800 plus VAT and disbursements. The fees will vary depending on whether you are a single person or a couple and what aspects of your affairs you would like your appointed attorneys to be able to deal with for you.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. In making a Lasting Power of Attorney, the only usual disbursement is a fee payable to the Office of the Public Guardian for registering your Lasting Power of Attorney which is a pre-requisite to it being used.
Occasionally, it may be necessary to involve a medical practitioner in the making of a Lasting Power of Attorney which may involve an additional fee being payable.
We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
On average, the time it takes to make a Lasting Power of Attorney is 6-7 months of which 5 months is taken up by the external registration process with the Office of the Public Guardian.
With every transaction there are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. Making a Lasting Power of Attorney typically involves the following:-
- Meeting with you to discuss your requirements and take your instructions
- Drafting the Lasting Power of Attorney and sending it to you for checking
- Meeting with you again for you to sign it
- Arranging for your attorneys to sign it
- Attending to registration of it with the Office of the Public Guardian
- Storing the original Lasting Power of Attorney for you and sending you as many copies as you would like