Lasting Powers of Attorney Solicitors Hull

What’s all that about then?

In simple terms, a LPA is a legal document that allows a person to make decisions on behalf of another person. In the majority of cases LPA's are used when people are ill or lose mental capacity (but not always).

Horror Stories

The words 'Power of Attorney' usually strike fear into the heart of most people! This is mainly due to horror stories about people taking money from elderly relatives or people being forced into signing these type of documents. The law changed dramatically and now people can be safe in the knowledge that the law protects them.

'We don't need LPA's because we have joint accounts'

This is a common misunderstanding made by a lot of people. If you have a joint account with another person and they are not mentally able to make their own decisions then, by law, the account has to be frozen and you will have difficult to access your own money never mind the other persons!

Too young to make a LPA. Really!

Although it would be helpful, nobody actually knows what the future holds. A person is never too young to make an LPA.

Picture this: an unmarried couple in their 30's had a car accident. The girlfriend was in a coma for a long period of time. The joint bank account was frozen, he was unable to arrange for the girlfriends wage to be paid into a different bank account and therefore he had problems with the mortgage and other outgoings. Luckily he managed to cope until the girlfriend recovered thanks to a lot of financial help from his friends and family.

The boyfriends stress and worry was unnecessary and would not have happened if the couple had made an LPAs.

LPA's are expensive

We can assure you that it is much more expensive not to have an LPA. If you suddenly become unable to manage your own affairs, without an LPA, an application may have to be made to Court of Protection. This can take up to 10 months and cost thousands, during which time your finances could be seriously damaged. The person who is then authorised to handle your affairs on your behalf may not be who you would have chosen, and may even be a Court Official who can (and will) charge every time he/she acts for you.

The Executors can sort it out. Wrong!

There is often confusion behind the roles of people appointed in Wills (Executors) and LPA's (Attorneys). To clear this issue up... Executor's duties start on a person's death. Attorney's duties finish on a person's death.

Chris Hutchinson

Senior Solicitor

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