Power Of Attorney Solicitors In Sittingbourne
Have you ever considered what would happen if you or a loved one became incapacitated? A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) could help. It’s true that LPAs tend to be entered into by older people when the onset of dementia-type illnesses are a possibility, but anyone can sign an LPA so that, should the unexpected happen those responsible for your welfare can act effectively.
Lasting Power Of Attorney: Kent Lawyers
LPAs should never be entered into lightly. At Ratcliffes Solicitors, we understand that the decision to appoint an attorney is a decision of great magnitude for the individual concerned. This is not a simple form-filling exercise: part of our job is to explain — without legal jargon — the potential consequences of your decision. We’ll discuss issues like:
- The type of LPA you need — There are two types of LPA: Property and Affairs, dealing with your property and finances, and Personal Welfare, dealing with your care. It can include instructions about whether your attorney can consent to certain medical treatment on your behalf.
- The extent of attorney powers — You can give general authority to your attorneys so they can take all decisions on your behalf or you can place restrictions on their decision-making.
If you become ill and are unable to care for yourself or manage your affairs, and you do not have an LPA in place, things can become complicated for those caring for you. Every time they need to make decisions about your medical care or finances, they will have to apply for approval from the Court of Protection. Not only is this process cumbersome and slow, it can also be expensive. Our LPA service is inexpensive, and if you are unable to travel, we will happily visit you at home.
For advice from the Sittingbourne lasting power of attorney solicitors at Ratcliffes, call us on 01795 859279 or contact us online.