You may have made a Will to ensure that, on your death, your estate passes to those people or causes most important to you, but what about during your lifetime?
Suppose that either very suddenly or due to a progressive illness you become unable to manage your personal affairs such as your banking, your property or organising your medical treatment or care. Who will deal with this for you? Who do you trust to deal with this? If you cannot make decisions about these matters, then someone will have to make them on your behalf and they will have to act in your best interests.
You may have made an Enduring Power of Attorney before October 2007 appointing someone to manage your financial affairs and property on your behalf should the need arise. Following the passing of the MCA 2005, a new legal document was created allowing a person to appoint someone to manage their affairs in the event that the person could no longer manage matters themselves. However EPAs are still valid, as long as your chosen Attorney is still willing and able to act on your behalf.
A Lasting Power of Attorney is similar to an EPA in that it allows you to give your authority to whoever you choose (who will be your Attorney) to make decisions on your behalf if you are not able to make them yourself. You can make separate LPAs for your financial matters and for your care and medical treatment and you can provide instructions or guidance on the LPA to help your Attorney act in accordance with your wishes. We can assist you to complete a Lasting Power of Attorney and discuss with you the range of matters that you may wish the document to cover.
By signing an LPA you are not giving up your ability to manage your own affairs. You can continue to deal with things for as long as you are able but should you need your Attorney to help you, the LPA must first be activated by registering with the Office of the Public Guardian, with which we can assist you or your Attorney.
Sadly, sometimes the chosen Attorney does not deal with matters appropriately and financial abuse occurs. Our department has experience of advising clients and concerned relatives on this issue and can assist in making applications to the Office of the Public Guardian, the office which protects people who lack capacity from abuse.
For further information please contact our Private Client team by telephone on 0118 958 9711 or email [email protected] to arrange an appointment for you to meet with one of our solicitors at our office in Queens Road, Reading, Berkshire. Please let us know if Reading is not convenient for you as we can also arrange client appointments at your home where required.
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Thank you Charlotte for the help and advice you gave us. The work was carried out quickly and efficiently and our meetings with you were a pleasure. I would certainly suggest Barrett and Co if asked for a recommendation.
Barrett and Co has been our family solicitors for over 20 years for various legal matters, including, immigration, purchasing properties, tenancy disputes, wills and recently employment related matters. This includes our extended family too. We would without any hesitation recommend Barrett and Co and in particular, Justin Sadler and his team for legal matters. Very helpful team of solicitors, knowledgable, friendly and understanding. On every occasion, from the initial contact to the resolution, it’s always a pleasure to work with them and no complaints at all. Easy to contact, updates where needed and the charges are well explained and reasonable too. Even though we live in Ascot, we find it easy to do most of the paperwork remotely and only visit the branch when it’s absolutely necessary. Thanks again and a very happy client.
I would definitely recommend Barrett and co-solicitors to anyone! I recently engaged Charlotte Fox to get a will put together and I must say that Charlotte made it an fast, effortless and painless process for me.. pricing was very competitive and I received regular communication and some great advice from her that ensured the will represented exactly what I needed. I have used other solicitors in Caversham in the past and I must say my experience with Barrett and co has been the best by far.
I found these solicitors very helpful in drawing up my will. First class service and a pleasure to deal with.
Not having spoken with Solicitors for many years we viewed our visit to Barrett and Co. with some trepidation but were completely put as ease by both Charlotte's with the advice and understanding given by them when requiring advice on changing our Wills and other associated matters. These matters were discussed thoroughly with ourselves throughout and completed very promptly. We would certainly recommend their services and have no hesitation in using them again, should the need arise.