Lasting Powers of Attorney are a way of choosing someone to make decisions for you when you are unable to make decisions yourself, for example if you have an accident or develop an illness such as dementia.

If you do not have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place, an application will need to be made to the Court of Protection to put in place a deputyship order. This means a judge will decide who should make decisions on your behalf. This can be an expensive and time consuming process, and can be avoided by putting in place a Lasting Power of Attorney.

We have extensive experience in helping individuals and families put Lasting Powers of Attorney in place. We also provide advice to attorneys of existing Lasting Powers of Attorney.

We offer a pragmatic, plain speaking approach and all of our Lasting Powers of Attorney come with a plain English summary. We pride ourselves on offering a personalised service and you will be allocated your own solicitor who will guide you through the process from start to finish. All of our solicitors are full members of STEP and are considered leading experts in this area of law.

We can meet you at home, our office, your office or any other location to suit you. We also offer meetings by online video (such as Zoom, Skype and Microsoft Teams) or by telephone.

 

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Our approach

Our approach is to keep matters as simple as possible while ensuring that your wishes are met and all risks have been taken into account. We will advise you of the available options and talk you through matters that you should consider such as the choice of attorneys. By using our expertise, we keep it as straightforward for you as possible.

We offer a personalised approach and we put you at the centre of everything we do. You will be allocated your own solicitor who will work with you to guide you through the power of attorney creation process. They will also act for you whenever you instruct Spall Clark Solicitors.

 

Our process

Step 1: Initial meeting

During our initial meeting we will discuss your aims and wishes. We will review your personal circumstances and financial position. We will discuss the types of Lasting Powers of Attorney available and the decisions that need to be made.

Our initial meeting can be at your home, one of our offices, online video or by telephone.

Step 2: Confirming your instructions

We will provide you with a summary of your instructions (in plain English) and provide you with our engagement documents which confirm the cost and estimated timeframe for completion.

We can provide the documents to you by post or via our online portal, whichever you prefer. We use a secure online portal to ensure your personal information is kept safe.

Step 3: Drafting the Lasting Powers of Attorney

Once you have confirmed your instructions, we will provide you with a draft Lasting Powers of Attorney along with a plain English summary for you to review. We can meet with you to review the documents or provide them to you by post or via our online portal, whichever you prefer.

Step 4: Signing the Lasting Powers of Attorney

Once you have approved the draft Lasting Powers of Attorney, we will prepare final versions and will meet with you to sign the Lasting Powers of Attorney. A certificate provider is required to confirm that you have sufficient mental capacity to sign your Lasting Powers of Attorney and in most cases we will act as your Certificate Provider.

Once you have signed your Lasting Power of Attorney, it will need to be signed by your Attorneys.

Step 5: Registering your Lasting Powers of Attorney

Once your Lasting Powers of Attorney have been signed, they must be registered by the Office of the Public Guardian before they can be used. The registration process is optional while you have mental capacity but becomes compulsory if you lose mental capacity.

If you decide to register your Lasting Powers of Attorney now, we will submit your documents to the Office of the Public Guardian.

Step 6: Finalisation

Once your Lasting Powers of Attorney have been signed by you and your attorneys (if you are not registering your LPAs immediately) or once they have been registered by the Office of the Public Guardian (if you are registering your LPAs immediately), we will discuss where you can keep your original Lasting Powers of Attorney. There any several options including keeping the LPAs at our office. If you decide to keep your Lasting Powers of Attorney at our office, we will provide you with a folder containing a copy of your LPAs and other important documents.

We can also provide you and your attorneys with up to three certified copies of your registered Lasting Powers of Attorney.

 

How much does it cost

Individuals

£450 to £550

Couples

£650 to £750

Business Owners / Directors

£650 to £950

We are not presently charging VAT on our fees

For further information please see our price list

 

How long will it take

In most cases, it normally takes between four and six weeks to complete your Lasting Powers of Attorney. However, in urgent cases we can complete the process the same day if required.

If you decide to register your Lasting Powers of Attorney, the Office of the Public Guardian takes between 10 and 12 weeks to complete the registration process. Therefore, it can take between 14 and 18 weeks to complete the entire process if you are also registering your Lasting Powers of Attorney.

 

What our clients say

‘You made it so easy for me’

‘Nothing was too much trouble’

‘Paul made us feel at ease all the way through’

‘The home visit was very useful due to our age’

‘It has been a pleasure’

We look forward to working with you