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Powers of Attorney

Making arrangements for others to look after your affairs.

As you grow older or become mentally incapable, you may need someone else to make important decisions for you.

At Actons, we can help create a Lasting Power of Attorney if you want to ensure your affairs are dealt with carefully and safely.

Our team of specialist lawyers will advise and guide you through the process to prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney – tailored to your own individual circumstances.

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FAQs

  • What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

    A power of attorney is a legal document which allows you to give another person (your attorney), the authority to make decisions on your behalf.

  • Who can be my Attorney?

    Anyone who you implicitly trust to look after your best interests providing that they are over the age of 18 years and are not declared bankrupt.

  • I have an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA), is this the same thing?

    No. EPAs were the predecessor of the Lasting Power of Attorney (Property and Financial Affairs) and only deal with financial issues. They were withdrawn on 1 October 2007 and replaced by the LPA, although any such document which was executed before this date remains valid.

  • What types of Power of Attorney are there?

    There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney, one deals with Property and Financial Affairs and the other deals with Health and Welfare issues. You can have one or both types of document.

  • What can a Lasting Power of Attorney do?

    An attorney appointed by a Lasting Power of Attorney can do whatever you can do yourself. They are incredibly powerful documents and should only be signed once the full implications have been explained to you.

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