Chiltern Wills is a friendly, professional, local Will writing business based near High Wycombe and run by former London solicitor Rebecca D’Arcy. We offer affordable, fixed fees and a free initial consultation, at a time and place to suit you. We specialise in preparing Lasting Power of Attorney in High Wycombe. If you would like to make your Powers of Attorney, call us on 01494 708688, or complete a Free Online Enquiry and we will be happy to help.
A Power of Attorney is a deed in which you appoint people whom you trust to act as your ‘attorneys’ and to manage your affairs for you, if you were ever unable to do this yourself. This can be useful in the event of illness, dementia, old age, having a stroke, being in an accident or having to spend time in hospital.
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney:
Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Financial Affairs
A Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Financial Affairs allows your attorneys to deal with your bank accounts, bills, investments and even to buy or sell a property for you to live in.
Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare
A Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare gives your attorneys power to deal with matters such as giving or refusing consent to medical treatment (including life-sustaining treatment, if you wish), as well as where you live, your daily routine, and even deciding when it is time for you to move into a care home.
Office of the Public Guardian
Once the Lasting Powers of Attorney have been made, they need to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). The OPG charges £82 per deed for registration, and the process usually takes 2-3 months.
If it is too late to make a Lasting Power of Attorney because the person has already lost capacity to manage their own affairs, the alternative is to apply to the Court of Protection to have someone appointed as their ‘deputy‘. This is unfortunately a much longer and more costly process than making Lasting Powers of Attorney, and it means that the person themselves is not choosing who will be acting on their behalf, so where possible it is always preferable to appoint your own attorneys at an earlier stage.
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