An Important Legal Document – A Lasting Power of Attorney

If you want to give someone else authority to make decisions on your behalf then you can consult Nayyars Solicitors who can draft and register a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). This is a legal document. To do this you must be over the age of 18 and be of sound mind. If you lack mental capacity already then you will not be able to do this.

A lasting power of attorney gives someone else the power to make important decisions on your behalf so you must think very carefully before you make one. You do not need to live in the UK or be a British citizen to make one.

There are 2 types of LPA’s. The first is to do with your health and welfare. You can give some the power to make decisions in relation to your health if you lose the capacity to make decisions yourself. People who are suffering from a progressive illness may choose to do this. this can only be used when you are unable to make your own decisions.

The second type is giving someone the power to manage your property and financial affairs. You can give them power to look after a particular bank account or property.

You can cancel a LPA at any time provided you retain mental capacity.

One of the most important decisions you will make is who you appoint to be your attorney. It must be someone that you trust implicitly. If you choose more than one person you need to decide whether they can make decisions together or separately. The person you choose does not have to be a relative, just someone that you trust and has the mental capacity to do so. He or she does not have to be a British Citizen or live in the UK.

At Nayyars Solicitors we will prepare all the necessary paperwork for you and then arrange to meet with you and your attorneys so the documents can be signed in the correct legal manner. We will do all of the drafting and checking for you. There may be other documents needed which we will collate for you.

Once the document has been executed in the correct legal manner we will then arrange for it to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. On average it takes between 8-10 weeks to register but it can be quicker.

The process when handled by Nayyars is a quick and smooth one. We will explain it fully to you and make sure you are aware of the implications of what you are doing. The Team at Nayyars view confidentiality as paramount and client care is always at the forefront of our mind when carrying out this type of work.

If you need a LPA making then contact Nayyars today.

Ayesha Nayyar

Principal Solicitor

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