GPW Trusts Cheshire – Your Local Lasting Power of Attorney and Will Provider
GPW Tax and Law is dedicated to protecting you, your family and your estate. Specialising in Wills and Trusts, Probate, Lasting Power of Attorney, Long Term Care Fee and Inheritance Tax Mitigation. We offer a caring and personal service covering all areas in and around Cheshire.
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Lasting power of attorney
A lasting power of attorney in Cheshire is an opportunity for you to make provision in advance for the possibility of you becoming incapable of managing your own financial and welfare affairs during your lifetime. It is a very important and powerful document which is often made at the same time as making a Will.
Your Estate Planners role
Your Estate Planning Consultant can guide you through the lasting power of attorney process, explaining the options available and can also act as your certificate provider. Your Estate Planning Consultant will carefully draft your lasting power of attorney to reflect your wishes and can also make the application to register the document with the Office of the Public Guardian on your behalf. In some cases, an Estate Planning Consultant can also be appointed as your attorney either alone or together with a relative or close friend providing you with complete peace of mind that your affairs will be professionally managed if you ever become incapable of managing them yourself.
There are 2 types of power of attorney:
Property and Financial
If you want someone to look after your financial affairs for a short period of time or on a temporary basis, for example to sell a house on your behalf whilst you are abroad, you can give them a general or ordinary power of attorney in Cheshire.
It is very important that you do not use an ordinary power of attorney if:
you have been diagnosed with a mental health problem or other disease which can lead to mental incapacity; &
you think you may develop a mental health problem or other disease which can lead to mental incapacity.
This is because your attorney will be unable to continue using the ordinary power of attorney if you lose your mental capacity. Under these circumstances, it is more appropriate to create a lasting power of attorney. If you do not create a lasting power of attorney in Cheshire and you later lose mental capacity then your loved ones may need to make an application to the court of protection to be appointed as your deputy. An application for the appointment of a deputy can be a long and costly process at a time when urgent decisions may need to be made on your behalf for example accessing your savings to pay for your care and other such bills.
Health and Welfare
A lasting power of attorney must be made whilst you still have mental capacity to make decisions for yourself. You will need to consider who will make decisions for you should you be unable to do so yourself. The person or persons whom you choose are called attorneys.
You will need to consider which type of lasting power of attorney in Cheshire you need:
Property & financial affairs lasting power of attorney;
Health & welfare lasting power of attorney.
You will then need to complete a form; there is one for the property & affairs lasting power of attorney and a different one for the health & welfare lasting power of attorney. The forms must be completed very carefully to avoid them being rejected by the Office of the Public Guardian when they are registered.
You can give your attorneys a general power to manage all your affairs or limit their authority to specific matters. You can also place conditions and restrictions on your attorneys which they must comply with or you can give them guidance that they must take account of but do not necessarily have to follow.
As a safeguard you can nominate persons who must be notified when the lasting power of attorney is registered. It is worth remembering that your attorneys cannot use the lasting power of attorney until it has been registered. Nominating persons who must be notified of the registration process is an important safeguard because if you lack capacity then they can raise any concerns directly with the Office of the Public Guardian.