Power of Attorney 

At The Legal Practice, our expert power of attorney solicitors understands it is important to protect your best interests and forward plan to give you peace of mind that your estate is being taken care of when you pass away. ​

LPA and Deputy Orders

 

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) and Deputy Orders are legal appointments of a person or persons to deal with the affairs of a who no longer have mental capacity. Appointments can be made to make decisions about the person’s financial matters or health and welfare.

What are the differences between an LPA and Deputy Order?

 

The person makes a lasting power of attorney (LPA) before they lose mental capacity, and they appoint whom they wish to act on their behalf. They control the powers given to the attorneys, and the documents are therefore more likely to reflect the wishes of the person who becomes mentally incapable. Suppose the person has no relatives or does not want their family involved. In that case, they can appoint a solicitor to act on their behalf.

 

When someone has not made a lasting power of attorney and loses capacity, an application is made by whoever comes forward to the Court of Protection. This may be a relative that the patient would not have chosen. A deputy must be over 18 years old, and any convictions of the proposed deputy will have to be disclosed. An individual may not be able to act if the Court disapproves of them.

 

Suppose someone has no close family to apply as a deputy. In that case, the Court may appoint the local authority or a professional deputy to act on the individual’s behalf, for example, a solicitor. Once again, in these circumstances, you have no control over who is appointed.

 

If you prepare and register LPAs, or wish for a solicitor to act as an attorney under the LPA either alone or jointly with family members, please get in touch.

 

Where no lasting power of attorney has been made, our power of attorney solicitors can also support you with the application process to be appointed as the deputy.

Contact Our Experts

Contact Our Expert Power of Attorney Solicitors:

  • If you would like to contact us regarding either of these matters please call us on 0208 903 7017, or contact us via e-mail.

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