Lasting Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney can protect you, and those you love, if you're no longer able to make decisions for yourself.

Chris Claxton-Shirley, Cambridge
Chris Claxton-Shirley, later life planning specialist in Cambridge

Lasting Power of Attorney

How a Lasting Power of Attorney can help

A Lasting Power of Attorney lets you pick someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf. This applies during your lifetime and to a range of situations. For example, they can make decisions about your health or your money. Choosing someone you trust means peace of mind - you know they'll act in your best interests. It can also make matters much easier for your family, emotionally and practically.

Our Lasting Power of Attorney solicitors' services

We can advise you on every aspect of incapacity law and Lasting Power of Attorneys, including: 

  • setting up and registering lasting and enduring powers of attorney 
  • advise you tell you what type of document is most suited to your needs
  • walk you through through every step of the paperwork to ensure the document does what you want it to do
  • drafting advance directives
  • applying to appoint deputies
  • acting as a professional deputy 
  • creating Wills and trusts 
  • resolving disputes.

What happens when there is no Lasting Power of Attorney?

If you were to lose your mental capacity before creating a lasting or enduring power of attorney, your family would have to apply to the court of protection to appoint a deputy to manage your affairs. They might also have to ask the court to decide what welfare decisions would be in your best interests. Any court application can be a daunting prospect. Our team has years of experience in applications and protection orders under incapacity law and we can take care of the entire process for you. 

We’re here to help

Call us for a free, confidential, no obligation chat, or fill out our enquiry form and we will let you know how we can help. We can also visit you at your home if you wish.

Our specialist lawyers are based in:

  • Cambridgeshire: Cambridge
  • Essex: Brentwood, Chelmsford, and Saffron Walden
  • Hertfordshire: Bishop's Stortford and Royston 

But we can help you wherever you are in England and Wales.

Call our Lasting Power of Attorney solicitors on 0808 231 1320

Call us for an initial chat, at no obligation, or fill out our enquiry form and a solicitor will get in touch.

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Lasting Power of Attorney FAQs

Can you override a Lasting Power of Attorney?

You might have grounds to object to the registration of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) if: 

  • you can prove the LPA isn’t legally valid
  • the person who made the LPA (the ‘donor’) didn’t have mental capacity
  • there was forgery or fraud in creation of the LPA
  • the attorney is bankrupt
  • the attorney isn’t acting in the donor’s best interests.

What is incapacity law?

Incapacity law steps in when people can no longer make decisions for themselves. Mental illness, old age or accidents can make every day decisions harder. We might not understand or remember the choices or even be able to communicate a decision. The implications can be severe – for example, on personal finances. If you’re concerned about your own future, or somebody you know is aving trouble making decisions, you should get professional advice. 

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