Power of Attorney (POA), also known as Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), is a legally binding authorisation for someone you trust to act on your behalf. Once authorised, your attorney will be able to make decisions regarding your health and welfare, as well as your finances and any property you own. You may choose to appoint more than one attorney, who must either make decisions together or you can give one the authority to make decisions concerning your affairs individually.
For someone to be appointed in this important role, they must be over 18 years of age and cannot be declared bankrupt; they do not have to have any legal experience and can be a partner, family member, friend or a trusted professional. They will be responsible for acting on your behalf only if you are incapable of making decisions for yourself because of issues such as illness or mental incapacity.
Giving someone Power of Attorney is a way of future-proofing your wishes should anything happen to you that leaves you unable to manage on your own. Our team have helped a number of families plan for uncertainty and have also seen the consequences of inaction. Our legal team specialise in Power of Attorney and will help you create a legally-binding document that details your wishes. As a local Buckinghamshire firm, we are happy to welcome you at our office or can come to you.