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What happens if you become mentally incapable of managing your financial affairs? Or you may simply wish someone to have legal authority to act on your behalf because you are finding it difficult to manage your own financial affairs.

A Lasting Power of Attorney enables you to choose someone, who you trust, to make decisions for you and to deal with your financial affairs and your property. This person is known as "the Attorney" and if necessary you can appoint more than one. You can limit or place conditions upon the Attorney, or leave their discretion unrestricted. A separate Power of Attorney can deal with healthcare and welfare decisions.

Without a Lasting Power of Attorney your financial affairs may be handled by the Public Guardianship Office which can be expensive and time-consuming. The "Deputy" appointed by the Public Guardianship Office may not be a person of your choice.

We can advise you regarding Powers of Attorney and can assist you in drawing up the necessary document or documents to ensure this complies with the legislation.

We can also deal with Court of Protection matters, issues in respect of mental capacity & general advice regarding mental capacity.


Our fees with regards to this are £200.00 plus VAT, per document, to take initial instructions, advise you, draft and be present at the execution of the Lasting Power of Attorney.

For registration of a Lasting Power of Attorney, including correspondence with the Office of the Public Guardian, dealing with any issues that may arise and providing certified copies of the Lasting Power of Attorney is £200.00 plus VAT, per document.

The fees payable to the Office of the Public Guardian will be in addition to these sums. The registration fee that the Office of the Public Guardian currently charge is £82, per document.


For more information please telephone Martin Groat or Ian Morgan on 01342 323545 or email us at enquiries@waughs-solicitors.co.uk