Powers Of Attorney
Here at Steels we can assist in the production of a Power of Attorney if you want to ensure your affairs are dealt with carefully and safely.
The Power of Attorney gives someone else the power to handle your financial affairs on your behalf. You can give someone (or more than one person) a general power to do anything which you could do yourself, or you can restrict their power so that they are only allowed to do certain things in relation to certain assets.
Additionally, Powers of Attorney can be useful if you are planning to travel abroad, if you are away for long periods of time or if you work away and find it difficult to complete paperwork.
However, an ordinary Power of Attorney will come to an end if you lose mental capacity to make decisions about your finances.
Lasting Powers of Attorney
Personal Welfare Powers of Attorney
A Personal Welfare LPA allows your attorneys to give instructions regarding your care and treatment if you are unable to do so yourself. These largely replace advance directives which some see as old-fashioned but advance directives (or Living Wills) can still be created.
Property & Affairs Powers of Attorney
By granting a Property & Affairs LPA you give your attorneys power to make decisions regarding your finances, including your property, if you are unable to make these choices yourself. These have largely replaced Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) which can no longer be created, since 30th September 2007.
Court Of Protection
We are dedicated to looking after the welfare and safeguarding the financial affairs of those suffering from mental incapacity whether this is due to mental illness, old age or learning disability or due to an accident.
Conscious of the sensitive nature of our work, we offer a highly personalised and responsive service, regularly meeting clients in their own homes, and liaising with family, friends and care professionals. We offer the following services in this area and have close working relationships with our local authorities and healthcare professionals.
- applications to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a deputy, the approval of gifts and statutory wills as well as more complex applications
- acting as professional deputy
- Lasting Powers of Attorney, including resolving disputes
- supporting lay deputies to help them carry out their role
- employing carers and support workers
- elderly client law
- care provision and entitlement to public funding
- property transactions, matrimonial problems and other related matters
- litigation support, assisting other personal injury and clinical negligence practices in valuing and claiming the costs of deputyship as part of a compensation settlement
Law Society Private Client Section – www.probatesection.org.uk
Solicitors for the elderly – www.solicitorsfortheelderly.com
Will Aid – www.willaid.org.uk