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.

Victoria Sweeting, Bishop's Stortford

What is incapacity law?

Incapacity law steps in when people can no longer make decisions for themselves. Decisions are part of everyday life and we’re normally able to make informed choices. Mental illness, old age or accidents can make this 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 having trouble making decisions, you should get professional advice. Our team of sensitive, experienced lawyers will guide you through the rules surrounding incapacity law. We’ll explain your available options in plain language, and recommend the best way forward.

How we can help you

We can tell you what type of document is most suited to your needs, and we can walk you through through every step of the paperwork to ensure the document does what you want it to do.

How powers of attorney can help

A 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.

What happens when there is no 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, but our team has years of experience in applications and protection orders under incapacity law. We’ll take care of the entire process and make sure that every box is ticked.

You can trust in Tees 

We can also advise you on every aspect of incapacity law, including: 

  • Setting up and registering lasting and enduring powers of attorney 
  • Drafting advance directives
  • Applying to appoint deputies and acting as a professional deputy 
  • Creating wills and trusts 
  • Resolving disputes

Our service is always flexible and tailored to your needs. We can even meet you at your home or in hospital if that’s easier for you. Call us now for a confidential chat, and we’ll let you know how we can help.

Call our Wills and Probate solicitors on 0800 0131165

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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