Power of Attorney Solicitors

Lasting Power of Attorney

Attwells Solicitors, with offices in Ipswich, Colchester, and London, offer professional assistance in the preparation of lasting power of attorney documents, providing exceptional client care with a five-star rating.

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What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A lasting power of attorney is a legal document that allows an individual (the donor) to appoint someone they trust (the attorney) to make decisions on their behalf in case they become unable to make those decisions themselves due to mental or physical incapacity.

There are two types of LPAs. One will deal with finances and property and the other deals with health and welfare.

  1. Finances and property – If elected to do so, this can be used even if you have mental capacity. This is often useful for someone who is physically unable to get to the bank or sign documents for the sale of their property etc.
  2. Health and welfare – This can only be used when someone has lost the capacity to make decisions for themselves. This will deal with where someone lives, what they eat, or how they are looked after and can also give permission to someone to make life-sustaining decisions – this is optional.

It is important to know what someone can do for another person either with or without an LPA whether you are the donor (the person who needs help), the attorney (the person who can make decisions), or the third party who needs to rely on the LPA.

Our dedicated team of Private Client lawyers specialises in personal law, focusing on matters concerning the care and protection of both you and your family members. Your case will be handled by a lawyer with whom you can have direct communication. In addition we…

  • Use straightforward language

  • Can talk in person, over the phone, over email or via Teams or Zoom

  • Offer same day call backs, if you call before 3pm

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How long does a Lasting Power of Attorney take?

The duration of creating a lasting power of attorney can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the document, the responsiveness of the parties involved, and any specific requirements or circumstances.

It will take us one week from your first appointment to prepare your documents.  Once you are happy with the drafts, we will ask you to make a second appointment at your convenience to come in and sign the LPA. Please note that all people you are appointing as attorneys will also need to sign the LPA.

If they are not able to attend the office with you, we will send you home with the LPA signed by you with instructions for your attorneys on their signing.  Once we have the LPA back signed by all parties, we will send the LPA off to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) to register.  It is currently taking 12 weeks, on average, for the OPG to register an LPA.

For more information about the Lasting Power of Attorney and the different types please click here.

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Who will be drafting my Lasting Power of Attorney?

Our Private Client team comprises paralegals, legal assistants, lawyers, and a Partner who has over 10 years of experience.

How much does a Lasting Power of Attorney cost?

Our pricing is tailored to individual circumstances, with our legal fees typically ranging from £400 for a single lasting power of attorney to £600 for a couple. Due to the personal nature of a lasting power of attorney, we would always discuss your requirements first before issuing a formal quote.

Rest assured, our quotes are exclusive, and we are committed to delivering a 5-star service to our clients

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