Life can spring the unexpected upon us, including losing the ability to take care of yourself like you once were able to, impacting your the ability to make important decisions concerning your health and finances. Fortunately, there are Power of Attorney provisions a solicitor can help you put in place. Our Power of Attorney solicitors in Swansea have an in-depth understanding of the Power of Attorney law and can provide proficient advice to guide you.
There are different types of Powers of Attorney, all of which are legal documents used to provide a trusted person, or persons with the authority to make essential decisions on your behalf should you become mentaly incapacitated, or in some instances, where you are unable to carrying out a task for yourself.
Our expert team of Powers of Attorney solicitors have considerable expertise supporting clients in various areas of Powers of Attorney. The team can guide you through matters including:
- Offering guidance on choosing a trusted person as your Power of Attorney
- Establishing how you would like your welfare and finances will be handled
- Specifying the rights and powers that your chosen person will have
- Support with disputes related to Powers of Attorney
- Removing a Power of Attorney
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Why use David W Harris as your Power of Attorney lawyers?
Our solicitors at David W Harris & Co, have years of collective expertise and comprehensive knowledge and skill supporting clients in various legal areas, including Powers of Attorney. You can be certain to find our team approachable and sensitive to all aspects of your case.
It’s understandable that Power of Attorney discussions can be emotionally charged, with considerable uncertainty. The David W Harris team will always to explain everything in plain English without legal jargon and ensure you know your Power of Attorney rights, as well as answer any queries and ensure you are entirely happy with your decisions.
If you would like to discuss your case with our Powers of Attorney lawyers in Swansea, please get in touch.
Our Power of Attorney expertise in Swansea
Power of Attorney legal advice
Prior to making the important decision to appoint an attorney, seeking legal advice in regard to the process is crucial. Our solicitors can advise you on the types of Powers of Attorneys, the potential implications as well as how the process will work through our exceptional experience and knowledge of the Powers of Attorney Act 1971. Should you have any concerns or queries, our solicitors in Swansea can address these.
Support selecting your attorneys
When choosing your attorney, or if you prefer, multiple attorneys, it’s important to choose someone you trust, such as a close relative or friend. You can decide the level of power they have and what exactly they can manage on your behalf.
Our solicitors can help with these decisions, and ensure those chosen are entirely aware of the responsibility.
Creating a Lasting Power of Attorney
Once you have decided on your trusted person(s), our solicitors for Power of Attorney in Swansea will navigate you through the relevant Power of Attorney form and submitting it with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). Once it has been registered, it is a legally binding document.
The chosen attorney(s) will only have authority to carry out the duties if you lose mental capacity.
There are different types of Powers of Attorney, which include:
Health and welfare LPA: Where the attorney has authority to make decisions concerning health and welfare matters, such as your medical treatment, day to day care, etc.
Property and financial matters LPA: Where the attorney has authority to make decisions concerning your property and finances, such as paying bills, selling property, etc.
In some instances, one attorney may be appointed to act for all LPA matters.
It is also possible to form an Ordinary Powers of Attorney where you still have mental capacity but need assistance with particular tasks.
Power of Attorney disputes
There is the possibility that disputes may occur concerning Powers of Attorney, such as where there is belief the donor did not have mental capacity to make a Power of Attorney document.
There are other examples of where disputes could happen, such as where the attorney is incorrectly handling the donor’s affairs and neglecting their legal duties.
Examples of where an attorney may not be correctly handling their duties include:
- The attorney is mismanaging the person’s finances or stealing their assets
- The attorney is making decisions about property that isn’t in the best interest of the donor
- The attorney is making ill choices about the donor’s nursing care
Attorneys have a legal responsibility to act in the best interests of the donor, and should a dispute arise in concern to this, our Powers of Attorney solicitors in Swansea can provide the resolution expertise you require.
Removing a Power of Attorney
If a Power of Attorney dispute cannot be resolved, removing an attorney may be more appropriate.
If an individual regains mental capacity, they can remove the LPA in place by submitting the relevant forms to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). If an attorney needs to be removed for an alternative reasons but the donor does not have mental capacity, a close relative or friend will need to do this on their behalf.
The process of removing an attorney can be complex, that’s why it’s important to have the guidance of solicitors who know how. Our specialist solicitors have exceptional expertise and can accurately guide you through the process with the right legal support.
For legal advice on Powers of Attorney in Swansea, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team to discuss your case.
Our Power of Attorney solicitors’ legal fees in Swansea
For more straightforward matters, our solicitors in Swansea may be able to offer our Power of Attorney services on a fixed fee basis. However, should you need an additional level of legal support, we may need to charge your case at an hourly rate.
No matter the type of fee funding required for your case, the private client team will provide you with a complete breakdown of the expected costs from the start. See our Lasting Power of Attorney fees here, or give us a call for an initial consultation.