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Powers of Attorney


We are regularly instructed to prepare Powers of Attorney for individuals. A Power of Attorney is a document in which an individual (the Donor) gives another individual (an Attorney) power to look after their property and affairs.

There are different types of Powers of Attorney. An ordinary Power of Attorney will not be effective in the event of an individual losing capacity to make decisions. A Lasting Power of Attorney can be prepared for both property and affairs and personal welfare decisions and will continue even if the donor loses capacity to look after their own affairs.

A Property and Affairs Power of Attorney would allow an Attorney to look after the Donor's day to day matters such as paying bills, dealing with financial institutions and making decisions in relation to the Donor's house. A Personal Welfare Power would allow an Attorney to make decisions about, for example, where the Donor should live or even regarding decisions for life-sustaining medical treatment. Personal Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney would only be effective in the event of a Donor losing capacity to make a particular decision.
The Attorney or Attorneys appointed under either type of Lasting Power of Attorney will have the authority to act under it until the document has been registered at the Office of the Public Guardian. We can take you through that process and explain the role of the Public Guardian with Lasting Powers of Attorney.

There is a third type of Power of Attorney. This is called an Enduring Power of Attorney and like a Lasting Power of Attorney the authority granted under it continues even if the donor loses capacity. Whilst it is not possible to create any new Enduring Powers of Attorney since 1st October 2007 any Enduring Powers of Attorney executed prior to that date are still valid. We are able to assist with the registration of an Enduring Power of Attorney which must be undertaken if an Attorney believes that a Donor is either losing capacity or has lost capacity.

At Allington Hughes we are able to advise on all aspects of Powers of Attorney and deputyship and other applications to the Court of Protection regarding the affairs of a person who may not have capacity to make certain decisions.
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The professional rules relating to solicitors' firms, including the Code of Conduct can be accessed on the website of the Solicitors Regulation Authority at www.sra.org.uk

Allington Hughes Law is a trading name of Allington Hughes Limited. Registered office is 10 Grosvenor Road, Wrexham LL11 1SD

Registered in England and Wales. Company registration number 07831162.

Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority number 597867

V.A.T. registration number 166 8213 93