Power of Attorney Solicitors in Sidcup, Bexley and Kent
For many people a time will come when they need some help with making decisions or require assistance with carrying out practical everyday tasks.
We know that many people worry about being unwell or suffering from a mind altering illness in the future; such as dementia or Alzheimer’s; which would affect their ability to make normal day to day decisions. Others just simply want the reassurance that someone is there to help them if needed.
A Power of Attorney allows a person to formally decide who can make decisions for them if help is needed now or in the future. Without this formal authority, often those closest to a person have no right or ability to make decisions on their behalf.
With a strong emphasis on ensuring that a person retains as much control as they can over decisions being made, Lasting Powers of Attorney can be created to cover both Property & Financial and also Health and Welfare aspects of their life. Both can be tailored to meet their individual and specific wishes and the Health and Welfare Power of Attorney also allows for them to consider giving authority to others over making decisions relating to life sustaining treatment being given or withdrawn.
A person must have the mental capacity to understand a Power of Attorney and in the case of Lasting Powers of Attorney a member of the firm can act as the ‘Certificate Provider’ to confirm capacity. If a person lacks mental capacity to understand a Power of Attorney, then an application to the Court of Protection for a Deputy to be appointed has to be made. Please see the Court of Protection section.
We fully understand the concerns that people have about their future health, whilst also wanting to remain in control of decisions effecting their finances and welfare for as long as possible.
Our services include:-
- Lasting Powers of Attorney – Property and Financial Affairs;
- Lasting Powers of Attorney – Health and Welfare;
- Acting as Certificate Providers on Lasting Powers of Attorney;
- General Powers of Attorney;
- Registration of an Enduring Power of Attorney;
- Acting as professional Attorneys; and
- Advising and acting on behalf of Attorneys.