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Expert advice from specialist Lasting Power of Attorney lawyers

Lasting Powers of Attorney can be used not only when you have lost capacity but when it is necessary for practical reasons for someone to look after things for you. Putting this in place can also provide valuable peace of mind that your loved ones will not have to deal with lengthy and expensive court applications if they need to step in and manage your affairs. 

If you do not have Lasting Powers of Attorney in place, anyone is entitled to make an application to the Court of Protection to deal with your medical and financial matters as your deputy and this may not be someone you would choose. Arranging a Lasting Power of Attorney ensures that you choose who should act for you and importantly how they should act for you. 

We can really help with the ‘how’ by bringing our experience and expertise to the way in which the Lasting Powers of Attorney are prepared and what guidance or instructions are given to the attorneys when they need to act for you.

Working with us, you can have absolute confidence that you will have an expert team dedicated to achieving the very best outcome for you and your family:

  • Our first meeting is a “no obligation” no matter how long it takes.  This is important to make sure we completely understand your circumstances and what you want to achieve.
  • Everything we talk about throughout the time we spend working together will always be totally confidential.
  • We have the laregst team of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) lawyers in Lincoln and therefore the necessary skills and expertise to assist you whatever your circumstances or requirements.

The types of Lasting Powers of Attorney we can help you with

We advise clients nationwide in connection with how to plan for the future.  Our friendly team of lawyers can provide guidance on all aspects of the process and documentation, ensuring your interests protected, now and in the future.

There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney. One relates to property and finances, the other to health and welfare issues. Once you have specified your needs, the Lasting Power of Attorney must be signed by you, your attorneys, and a Certificate Provider – usually a solicitor or a GP. Once this is done, the document can be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. The registration process usually takes between 6 and 8 weeks.

Before it can be used, a Lasting Power of Attorney must be registered, so it is a good idea to do this as soon as possible, so that it is ready and can be used whenever your attorneys need it. Until the Lasting Power of Attorney is required, we can store the registered documents for you, free of charge.

From providing you with advice in the process and preparing the documents in accordance with your specific requirements, to ensuring it is signed correctly and registered without fuss at the Office of the Public Guardian, we can manage the whole process for you.

Recent examples of our work in this area

Examples of cases we have recently worked on include:

  • Working with a local business owner to ensure his Lasting Powers of Attorney were in place and importantly to him appointed individuals who would be able to oversee his business.  The Lasting Powers of Attorney were supported with a side letter to provide the attorneys with more detail.
  • While normally powers of attorney will not be used until sometime in the future, we have helped a number of clients where they want immediate assistance with, in particular, their financial affairs.  While they still have mental capacity to manage their affairs directly, they have felt unsuited for a variety of reasons to do so.  In those circumstances powers of attorney can be useful tools.

How we work

Everything we talk about throughout the time we spend working together will always be totally confidential.

Offering expert advice and guidance, we will recommend a path that helps you take control of the situation and leads to a resolution that works for the situation you find yourself in.

Whatever your reason for coming to us, our first step is always to listen with patience so that we understand what has happened before and what you want to happen next. Rest assured that there are very few stories that we have not heard before or challenges that we have not previously overcome.

Using our knowledge and experience we guarantee that we will be able to give you a range of options, with a detailed overview of the likely process, outcomes, timescales and costs.

Our team

  • We have one of the  largest teams of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) qualified lawyers in our region.
  • Our dedicated specialist team is independently rated as one of only a few Tier 1 specialist departments in our regions by the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners so you can be sure that you are being represented by specialist lawyers in any aspect of your planning.
  • Our team is also accredited by the Law Society as members of the Wills & Inheritance Quality Scheme.  This is a further mark of the team’s drive to ensure the best standards.  Very few if any local Firms are accredited by the Law Society to this scheme.
  • Our partners and lawyers have decades of experience and an excellent reputation in representing families in optimising their tax-planning and protecting wealth and assets for multi-generational enterprises.
  • We have teams in Beverley, Lincoln and York, and work with clients across East and North Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, the East Midlands and foreign jurisdictions.

Fees and costs

Our first initial meeting will always be a no obligation meeting. 

At the end of that meeting we will be able to provide an accurate estimate of costs having fully understood your circumstances and needs.

In addition to our fees there is a registration fee payable to the Office of the Public Guardian.  This fee is payable for each Lasting Power of Attorney and we will ask for this fee from you.  It is currently set at £82 (Spring 2021) and, where applicable, we will work with you to secure any exemption or remission that might apply due to your circumstances.

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Kate Mawer Solicitor for the Elderly Langleys Solicitors

Kate Mawer

Solicitor

01522 508 881

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Jade cummings Solicitor wills and probate Langleys Solicitors in Lincoln

Jade Cummings

Solicitor

01522 508 719

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