Have you decided who would look after your finances and make decisions about your welfare if you lost capacity from an accident, a serious debilitating illness, or a decline in mental health? At Mooney Everett Solicitors in Ormskirk, West Lancashire, our expert lawyers offer advice on all aspects of wills and probate law.
We can help you to create a lasting power of attorney to give you peace of mind that your wishes will be followed at all times.
A lasting power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone you trust authority to make decisions on your behalf.
Without a lasting power of attorney in place, your family would not be allowed to make decisions for you. Instead they would have to apply to the Court of Protection for a deputyship order, which is a lengthy and expensive procedure. Even then, the court may not appoint the person of your choice.
There are two types of lasting power of attorney:
Property and financial – grants authority for things such as selling your house and managing your bank account or business. It can be used from the moment it is registered but is limited to the scope of the powers you grant.
Personal welfare – grants authority for decisions about your health and welfare, such as where you will live, day-to-day care and medical treatment. It will only take effect if you lack the capacity to make decisions for yourself.
At Mooney Everett we explain things in plain English, free of any jargon. We will discuss all the options with you, outlining the costs involved from the outset, and we make sure that you are kept informed regularly.
We can also help you with:
- inheritance and tax planning;
- estate administration;
- making a power of attorney;
- court of protection applications; and
- wills and inheritance disputes.