If you are considering appointing a lasting power of attorney (LPA) then the first step is to understand the full range of options available to you.
Our solicitors draw on years of experience advising clients in relation to the preparation, supply and registration of a lasting power of attorney (LPAs). We work closely with local communities throughout the North West of England to support families in formalising their future plans for shared responsibility. Our lawyers are also able to offer expert legal advice if an LPA is subject to a dispute, or if there is an internal rift within the family.
Many clients ask our solicitors for our support when a member of their family lacks sufficient mental capacity to submit an LPA due to illness, or any other reason. In these circumstances, we can also advise on submitting a formal application to the Court of Protection. We are particularly well versed in this area because our head of department Chris Partington also sits on the Court of Protection panel of deputies.
Generally, we provide legal support for two types of lasting power of attorney:
- Health and welfare – This allows an appointed attorney to make choices about your medical care and care arrangements.
- Property and finance – This allows an appointed attorney to make financial decisions, including management of a person’s property, bills and pension.
We can also help to create ‘Mirror LPAs’, where two parties appoint each other for their lasting power of attorney. More information on Power of Attorney can be found in our comprehensive guide.
Commitment to exceptional client service
At Slater Heelis, we pride ourselves on building open and honest relationships with our clients. Our expert power of attorney solicitors are happy to arrange an appointment at one of our high street branches, or we can also arrange a home visit where required.
Several members of the partners within Slater Heelis’ Private Client department are also active members of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). These national bodies promote a stronger regulatory framework and code of conduct for solicitors that specialise in trust, estate and inheritance planning.