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Power of Attorney

Ordinary and Lasting Powers of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is when a person (the Donor) authorises another person (the Attorney) to act on their behalf and gives the Attorney(s) certain legal powers to act on the Donor’s behalf. It is important to know the difference between these two main types of Powers of Attorney.

You might set up a Power of Attorney to allow a friend to sell your house for you while you are working abroad, or set up a Lasting Powers of Attorney to allow trusted relatives to manage your affairs if you become ill in later years. To help you manage your legal costs Premier Solicitors is able to draft a Power Of Attorney for you at a fixed fee. There a number of different kinds of Power of Attorney, the details and differences between the various powers are set out below.

Ordinary Powers of Attorney Arranged at a Fixed Fee

A correctly drafted Power of Attorney enables a person, or persons, to act on your behalf. It has to be given while you, the donor, has full mental capacity.

There are two types of Ordinary Powers of Attorney:

1.  General Power of Attorney – This covers every action that might require a signature

2.  Specific Power of Attorney – This is limited to a single action i.e. selling a property

If the Donor later lacks capacity to manage his or her affairs, then the Ordinary Power of Attorney becomes invalid.

However, it might be helpful to seek medical advice regarding the mental capacity of the Donor at the time the Power of Attorney is given.

Lasting Powers of Attorney Arranged at a Fixed Fee

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which allows the person of your choice the power to manage your financial affairs and/or medical and welfare decisions in the event of mental incapacity, and therefore does not become invalid on mental incapacity.

Why use Premier Solicitors for drafting a Lasting Power of Attorney?

Errors in this area of work are extremely costly and can add considerable delay to your matter so why chance this task to anyone else? Premier Solicitors main objective is to provide a jargon free legal service that is both accessible to clients and affordable. Our Solicitors apply low cost fixed fees to the majority of our services including Powers of Attorney and all charges are unambiguous and clearly stated. Premier Solicitors is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and have been awarded by independent assessment on behalf of the Law Society the Lexcel Quality Mark, thereby granted accreditation with the Law Society’s practice management standard.

You can call our Head Office or if you would prefer to discuss a Power of Attorney in person you can make an appointment to visit us at our office in Bedford. We are open 9am to 7pm weekdays because we have listened to our clients and we understand that time is important. Other appointments are available by prior arrangement.

Let us take the weight off your shoulders and help you to reach the right solution.

Advance Decisions Arranged at a Fixed Fee

An Advance Decision, formerly called a Living Will or an Advanced Medical Directive, sets out your wishes in the unfortunate event that you become ill and unable to communicate your wishes about your medical treatment- dealing with ‘end of life’ issues. They are legally binding and set out to medical professionals what treatments you will accept or decline.

An Advance Decision allows you to actively deal now with medical issues that may arise in the final stages of your life. An Advance Decision is especially useful for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s, Dementia, or other similar mental health matters. As it will allow you to make a dignified decision about your care whilst you are still capable, resulting in protection from unwanted medical treatment and easing the stress placed upon loved ones. This is more comprehensive than a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ (DNR) or ‘Do Not Attempt Resuscitation’ (DNAR) and stipulates your exact wishes. Advanced Decisions work well in specific circumstances- for example if you are suffering from cancer you may wish not to be treated for certain associated ailments arising from your condition- and accordingly your Decision can be set up to reflect your wishes.

Remove the stress and burden by calling our team today.

Call us today about a Power of Attorney or Advance Decision on 01234 35 80 80

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