Thursday 30 August 2012

Who Should I Appoint as My Attorney?

Power of Attorney Solicitor Hertford
Article by
Sharon Brown
Once you have decided to make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) it is important to spend some time considering who you want as your attorney or attorneys.

Your attorneys will have legal authority to act on your behalf if you lack mental capacity.

You can choose to have more than one attorney, and indeed this can be a good idea.  However, having too many may prove impracticable.  The main factor is that your attorneys are people you trust.  Whilst it is not essential, it would be helpful if your attorneys know each other or are at least willing to work together.  If there is an existing rift between them it could cause unnecessary delays in your affairs being dealt with.

You should also consider how realistic it is for your attorneys to be able to assist you, for example, if they often spend long lengths of time in remote parts of the world, it may be sensible to choose another attorney who is more local.

You can also name one or more replacement attorneys in your LPA, in case your first choice can no longer assist you.

There is no obligation on you to have the same attorneys for your financial LPA as your health and welfare LPA.

To discuss your decisions and next steps, telephone me on 01992 422128 or email

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Monday 13 August 2012

Who Needs a Power of Attorney?

Power of Attorney Solicitor Hertford
Article by
Sharon Brown
Anyone who would like to have a say over what health care and/or treatment they receive in the future, or who has assets in their sole name should make a Power of Attorney.

There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA); one to cover health and welfare issues and one to cover your property and financial affairs.

Many people are not aware of what a Power of Attorney is and, even those that are often assume it is only elderly people or those suffering from illnesses such as dementia, who need to make an LPA.  This could not be further from the truth.

There are many health conditions that can leave you without sufficient mental capacity to manage your affairs.  Furthermore, you could be the victim of an accident at any time, regardless of how old you are.