Powers of Attorney

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Lasting Powers of Attorney

A ‘Lasting Power of Attorney’ (LPA) is a legal document which lets you appoint someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf in the event that you become mentally incapacitated. There are two types of LPA:

  • Property & Financial Affairs which allows you to appoint someone to manage your property and financial affairs.
  • Personal Welfare which allows you to appoint someone to make decisions about your personal welfare and healthcare.

For an LPA to take effect it has to be formally ‘registered’ with the ‘Office of the Public Guardian’. When registering a LPA, a Court Fee (currently £82) is payable. However, depending upon your financial situation, it is sometimes possible to reduce – or even completely avoid – this fee.

Our fee includes meeting with you to discuss and explain the relevant issues, preparing and, where possible, certifying the LPA. Then arranging for the LPA to be signed and witnessed. Carrying out all the necessary Court applications / notifications up to and including the final production / registration of the LPA. Then providing a number of legally certified copies of the LPA and providing storage of the original (if desired).

Lasting Powers of Attorney Individual Couple
Property & Financial Affairs £400 plus VAT (plus  £82 Court fee) £500 plus VAT (plus  £164 Court fee)
Personal Welfare £400 plus VAT (plus  £82 Court fee) £500 plus VAT (plus  £164 Court fee)
Combined (Property & Personal) £600 plus VAT (plus  £164 Court fee) £750 plus VAT (plus  £328 Court fee)

Registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney

‘Enduring Powers of Attorney’ (EPAs) were replaced by LPAs in 2007 so it is no longer possible to draw up a new EPA. However, pre-existing EPAs are still legal in the event of their originator becoming mentally incapacitated – but only if they are first ‘registered’ with the ‘Office of the Public Guardian’.

As with LPAs, depending upon your financial situation, it is sometimes possible to reduce – or even completely avoid  the Registration Court Fee.

Our fee includes meeting with you to discuss and explain the relevant issues, completing and submitting the appropriate registration forms, notifying close relatives and paying the Court Fee. Then providing you with a number of legally certified copies of the EPA to send out to relevant organisations and providing secure storage of the original (if desired).

Very occasionally some LPA or EPA registrations are particularly complex or contested. In such instances it may be necessary to make an additional charge. In the event that your request is particularly complex please be assured that we will notify you at the onset, before the work is carried out, so you can decide how you wish to proceed.