Power of attorney

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Have you thought about what would happen if you couldn’t manage your finances, health or welfare in the future?

This could be due to physical illness or you no longer have the mental capacity to make decisions for yourself.

At Bellwether Solicitors, we provide a comprehensive power of attorney service, helping you protect your assets and choose who can make decisions about what happens to you.

By documenting your future wishes, you can safeguard yourself while taking the stress away from your loved ones.

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What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A power of attorney is the legal appointing of someone else to make certain decisions if you can no longer do so. It’s a way to clearly express how your personal affairs, assets and finances should be managed and dealt with on your behalf.

A power of attorney can cover a range of areas, including financial, healthcare and property decisions for yourself in the future. This appointed legal authority is officially known as a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), giving the person or people of your choice the power to deal with your affairs and act on your behalf when needed.

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Why appoint a Power of Attorney?

Putting a power of attorney in place can give you reassurance and peace of mind that a trusted individual or individuals can be in charge of your affairs if necessary.

This can sometimes be put in place for temporary situations, like if you’re in hospital and need help with paying bills. However, many people appoint an attorney as they get older or have been diagnosed with dementia.

An LPA will only come into effect if you lose your mental capacity or you no longer want to make decisions for yourself.

What are the different types of Lasting Power of Attorney?

  • Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney: This type of LPA looks after everything from your property and financial assets to pensions and investments. It allows your appointed attorney or attorneys to make decisions, such as selling property, mortgage payments, arranging house repairs, collecting your pension and managing bills and bank accounts on your behalf.
  • Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney: This type of LPA allows the attorney or attorneys of your choice to make decisions about your personal welfare and health. This could include deciding where you will live (such as your home or residential care) and your daily or medical care.
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Do you need Power of Attorney services? Contact our family law team

Arrange an initial consultation with one of our team to get expert advice about putting a power of attorney in place. With offices in Cheam and Kingston-upon-Thames, we offer family law services across the local area.

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