Safeguard future decisions made on your behalf
None of us know what the future will bring, and it can be hard to think about a time when you won’t be able to make decisions for yourself. But with 1 in 3 of us needing long-term care in later life it’s vital someone you trust is able to make decisions on your behalf. Many of us incorrectly believe that being married, having close next of kin or a joint bank account means that Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) isn’t needed, but it is. An LPA allows you to choose who will make those decisions for you by appointing someone as your attorney.
Without one, an application has to be made to Court of Protection and a deputy appointed by the court to act in your self-interest. There is no guarantee that this would be someone close to you.
This can all be prevented by registering a Lasting Power of Attorney
Setting up an LPA is simple, but there is a standard form of writing which must be used. There are two different types of LPA’s which cover your financial affairs, and your health and welfare and you can to limit the kind of decisions your attorney can make for you. We can help you set up your LPA as well as cover your other estate planning needs.
Why should you register a Lasting Power of Attorney:
Avoid a lengthy and costly court process
Applying to the court of protection can be a long, stressful and expensive process. Not something your loved ones want to go through while at the same time as coping with your illness. An LPA takes away all that additional stress.
Make decisions about your health needs
Your partner or next of kin won't be able to make critical decisions about your care; such as decisions on life-sustaining treatment, where you live, and day to day matters such as diet and routine - you need an LPA to do that
Make financial decisions on your behalf
Being married or having a joint bank account doesn’t mean they’ll be able to make financial decisions such as accessing your bank accounts, paying bills or for your car, or selling your house. Again an LPA is needed.
To give you peace of mind
By appointing someone, you trust to manage your affairs you can have confidence that decisions are being made according to your wishes and in your best interest.
What our clients say
Honest, reliable and particularly knowledgeable in his area of specialisation, James helped us to understand and then put into effect the necessary changes needed for updating our wills. In the process, he saved us a large amount in potential estate duty. A man of integrity with a great sense of humour, his relaxed, yet wholly professional manner in dealing with clients makes him a genuine pleasure to deal with.Graham North, Corporate Contract Lawyer, Tunbridge Wells
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Why we're different
With a combined 9 years of experience, we have encountered just about every scenario and can use this knowledge to advise you of the best way forward in language you understand. We understand it can be difficult to discuss private matters and so have the skills to approach conversations with care.
We don't use call centres or salespeople travelling the country. From your first phone call through to completion you will be advised by one of us, at a time and place most convenient to you.
We believe in having an open approach, and as we want to leave you with peace of mind, we make sure you understand the full process. We believe in being as lean as possible so don't have expensive offices or large numbers of staff.
We aim to build lasting relationships with happy customers. Our advice is designed to suit your best interests, not ours. If for any reason you're not satisfied with our service we will work with you to find a solution.