Lasting Powers of Attorney
A ‘Lasting Power of Attorney’ (LPA) is a legal document which lets you appoint someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf in the event that you become mentally incapacitated.
There are two types of LPA:
- Property & Financial Affairs:which allows you to appoint someone to manage your property and financial affairs.
- Personal Welfare:which allows you to appoint someone to make decisions about your personal welfare and healthcare.
For an LPA to take effect it has to be formally ‘registered’ with the ‘Office of the Public Guardian’. When registering a LPA, a Court Fee (currently £110) is payable. However, depending upon your financial situation, it is sometimes possible to reduce – or even completely avoid – this fee. As part of our service we will advise whether you can claim a fee reduction and, if so, help you to complete the appropriate claim forms. This is the reason that Court fees are excluded from our LPA price list (see below).
Our fee includes meeting with you to discuss and explain the relevant issues, preparing and, where possible, certifying the LPA. We then arrange for the LPA to be signed and witnessed, following which we carry out all the necessary Court applications / notifications up to and including the final production/registration of the LPA. We will provide secure storage of the original (if desired).
|Property & Financial Affairs
|Combined (Property & Personal)
* the figures given cover our costs and VAT – in addition there will be a court fee payable. As at May 2018 these are £82 per LPA.
Registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney
‘Enduring Powers of Attorney’ (EPAs) were replaced by LPAs in 2007 so it is no longer possible to draw up a new EPA. However, pre-existing EPAs are still legal in the event of their originator becoming mentally incapacitated – but only if they are first ‘registered’ with the ‘Office of the Public Guardian’.
As with LPAs, depending upon your financial situation, it is sometimes possible to reduce – or even completely avoid – the Registration Court Fee (see above) which is why it is excluded from our price list.
Our fee includes meeting with you to discuss and explain the relevant issues, completing and submitting the appropriate registration forms, notifying close relatives and paying the Court Fee. Then providing you with a number of legally certified copies of the EPA to send out to relevant organisations and providing secure storage of the original (if desired).
Registration of EPA: £360 (plus court fee)
Very occasionally some LPA or EPA registrations are particularly complex or contested. In such instances it may be necessary to make an additional charge. In the event that your request is particularly complex please be assured that we will notify you at the onset, before the work is carried, out so you can decide how you wish to proceed.