Lasting Powers of Attorney in Northampton
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document allowing you to appoint a trusted person or persons (attorney) to make decisions on your behalf. Whether it is about your Property and Financial Affairs or your Health and Personal Welfare, an LPA ensures that important decisions can be made when you cannot make them yourself. LPAs are not just for retirement or later life planning. Incapacity can arise unexpectedly due to accidents, injuries, illnesses, or strokes, making it a crucial consideration for people of all ages. Please visit our website to learn more about LPAs and how they work. Find out more about LPAs
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What types of LPAs are there?
There are two main types of Lasting Powers of Attorney:
- Property and Financial Affairs LPA, which covers decisions about your money and property.
- Health and Welfare LPA, which covers decisions about your healthcare and personal welfare.
At Tollers, our team of specialist LPA Solicitors in Northampton will guide you through the process to ensure your wishes are respected and your best interests are safeguarded.
You can also set up an ordinary power of attorney, which covers decisions about your financial affairs and is valid while you have mental capacity. This type of power of attorney is valid while you are mentally capable and is suitable for temporary periods such as hospital stays or holidays or if you find it difficult to manage your finances alone.
How do I choose my Attorney?
When creating a Lasting Power of Attorney, it is crucial to carefully consider who you want to act as your attorney(s). The powers granted to them under the document can be extensive, making it essential to select someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf. While you can choose as many attorneys as you like, it is essential to consider the practical implications of having multiple people making decisions together. You retain control over your affairs by selecting who will act for you, how they are to act together, and any restrictions or guidance to place on using the document. Consideration should also be given concerning whether your chosen Attorneys can act together and whether they have the time to dedicate to the role. See “Acting as an Attorney or Deputy” for more information.
What happens if I do not have an LPA and lose mental capacity?
If you do not have a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and you become incapable of making your own decisions, your family or loved ones will need to make an application to the Court of Protection. The Court of Protection derives its powers from the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and represents those who are vulnerable and incapacitated. This process can be expensive and lengthy, and there is no guarantee of who will be appointed to make decisions on your behalf. Moreover, the decisions made may not align with your wishes and preferences. Therefore, having an LPA in place is crucial to ensure that your financial and welfare decisions are made by the people you trust and in accordance with your wishes.
Attorneyship and Deputyship Services in Northampton
We understand that family relationships can be complicated, and that is why we provide the option of appointing an impartial professional, such as one of our highly experienced Lasting Power of Attorney solicitors from Northampton. This choice can help prevent conflicts within your family and provide you with the assurance that someone with a great deal of expertise is managing your affairs. To learn more about Professional Attorneyship and Deputyship, click the link: Professional Attorneyship and Deputyship.
Local LPA Solicitors in Northampton and Beyond
At Tollers, we pride ourselves on our attentive, sensitive, and unwavering support. Our dedicated LPA team always keeps your best interests in mind. We believe in close consultation, ensuring that you are fully informed about any developments and potential cost implications. With us, you will always have a clear understanding of your legal and financial standing.
With offices in Northampton, Corby, Milton Keynes, Stevenage, Kempston, and Oakham, we are conveniently located to serve you. We also offer home visits for a small additional charge, making ourselves accessible and convenient to you.
Talk to Tollers
Tollers is an established law firm and a leading provider of legal advice and services in Northampton. We specialise in offering expert legal advice on various legal matters, including LPAs, wills, trusts, and estates. Our highly skilled lawyers provide personalised legal solutions that cater to the unique needs and circumstances of our clients, whether they are individuals, families, or businesses. We understand that legal matters can be complex and overwhelming, which is why we strive to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Northampton Legal Services
During our 50 plus years in Northampton the firm has gone from strength to strength, and we moved in 2016 to our current home at 1 Waterside Way. Northampton is one of the biggest Towns in the UK, and since opening our first office, we have seen the town double in size. The requirements for legal services have become even more important for private individuals and businesses.
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Telephone: 01604 258 558