john birkby and co

Lasting Powers of Attorney

A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document appointing a
person you trust to act on your behalf.  It can cover property and
financial affairs, or personal welfare.

A LPA has to be signed whilst the person making it (donor) has the
mental capacity to understand the nature and purpose of the LPA. 
It only takes effect once it has been registered with the Office of the
Public Guardian.  It is useful if the donor subsequently becomes
unwell and is unable to manage their own affairs due to physical
or mental incapacity.

Sometimes it is too late to sign a LPA.  In this situation it is necessary to apply to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a Deputy to act on behalf of the patient.  This takes longer and is more expensive than a LPA but we will give a quotation in relation to costs in each individual case.

If you care for family members or friends who may need this service we will guide you through the process to make this as straight forward as possible.