Powers of Attorney & Deputyship
The phrase “You never know what is just around the corner” applies to each and every one of us, young and old alike. Illness, a serious accident or merely a gradual deterioration of our faculties may mean that we can no longer manage our personal affairs. A Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”) is a document that allows you (“the Donor”) to appoint someone or more than one person to act on your behalf should you require it immediately or sometime in the future.
There are two different types of LPA. One enables the attorney to look after the Donor’s property and financial affairs. The other enables the attorney to make the decisions on behalf of the Donor in respect of the Donor’s health and welfare. Each document must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used. The registration process can take a couple of months.
Should you not have a Property and Affairs LPA and are not capable of managing your financial affairs then somebody would have to make an application to the Court of Protection to be appointed your Deputy to act on your behalf. Applications for the appointment of Deputies are often made in a hurry because funds may be required to pay care home fees, to sell property or transfer money. This is a time consuming and expensive business and there is no guarantee that the Deputy appointed is one you would have chosen yourself.
The team at Nantes is highly experienced in all aspects of Powers of Attorney and Deputyship, and will handle the whole procedure sensitively and without using too much legal jargon. We can assist in both the initial application for the appointment of Deputies and advising Deputies once they have been appointed.