A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document in which you appoint one or more trusted people to act on your behalf as your attorneys during your lifetime, if you needed help to manage your own affairs or had lost the ability to do so. This might be because of an illness, an accident or simply old age.
Making a Lasting Power of Attorney is a practical step that you can take now, to give you control over who would be making decisions for you in that situation. You will have the reassurance of knowing that you have empowered your trusted attorneys to help you maintain your safety and comfort, and the dignity and respect that you deserve, throughout your life.
Chiltern Wills specialises in making Lasting Powers of Attorney. We are a friendly, professional Will writing business based in Beaconsfield and run by former London solicitor Rebecca D’Arcy. Rebecca would be glad to guide you through the process, making it easy and straightforward.
“We recently appointed Rebecca to make our Lasting Powers of Attorney. We found her incredibly professional whilst showing compassion and a genuine understanding of our wishes. I would highly recommend her at Chiltern Wills for the perfect service she provided.”Client Review, February 2020
What type of Lasting Power of Attorney do I need?
There are two different types of Lasting Power of Attorney – ‘Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Financial Affairs‘ (for financial decisions) and ‘Lasting Power of Attorney for Health & Welfare‘ (for medical decisions). Ideally, everyone should have both types in place, because they do completely different jobs.
A Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Financial Affairs enables your attorneys to manage your finances for you, exactly as you would yourself – for example to pay bills, use your bank account, deal with your investments and even to buy or sell a home for you.
A Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare allows your attorneys to make decisions about, for example, giving or refusing consent to medical treatment, staying in your own home with support from social services, moving into residential care, choosing a good care home and even your diet, dress or daily routine.
How much does it cost to make a Power of Attorney?
We offer affordable, fixed fees to make powers of attorney, which are substantially lower than those of typical local firms of solicitors, according to our market research. We can do this because of our low overheads, and because as a small business, we are not obliged to charge you VAT.