A Power of Attorney is an extremely important document. It allows you to appoint a representative (attorney) to look after your affairs at a time when you are unable to do so yourself. This could be as a result of being out of the country, a spell in hospital or mental or physical incapacity.
Our team are able to advise on the most suitable power of attorney document for you and arrange for its preparation and registration (if necessary).
There are several stages in the process of creating a LPA. The first stage is preparation of the LPA document itself. This needs to be signed by the person creating the document (the donor) and all of the attorneys. Once the document has been signed the LPA itself is complete however it cannot be used until completion of the second stage; which is registration of the LPA with the Office of the Public Guardian.
You do not have to register your LPA straight away and can choose to do this at a later date if you wish. However, as stated above, the document cannot be used until it is registered and this can take up to several months depending on the Court’s workload and therefore if there was an emergency or a sudden change in circumstances the document could not be used until the registration process has been completed.
Additionally please note that there is a Court fee charged by the Office of the Public Guardian when LPAs are sent for registration. This is £82.00 per document. Some people may be exempt from this fee or have to pay a reduced fee if they receive a qualifying benefit or have an annual income of below £12,000.
For one person
One type of LPA (Property & Financial Affairs LPA or Health & Welfare LPA) for one person £400 plus VAT, plus a court fee of £82.
Both types of LPA (Property & Financial Affairs and Health & Welfare LPAs) for one person £500 plus VAT, plus a court fee of £164.
For a couple
One type of LPA for two people (two Property & Financial Affairs LPAs or two Health & Welfare LPAs) £525 plus VAT, plus court fee of £164.
Both types of LPA for two people (Property & Financial Affairs and Health & Welfare LPAs) £600 plus VAT, plus court fee of £328.
For more details about the different types of Powers of Attorney, please see our Powers of Attorney – a client’s guide.
We also deal with the registration of existing Enduring Powers of Attorneys (EPAs) at the Office of the Public Guardian and can advise on all aspects of registration and your duties as an appointed attorney.
We are also able to act as Attorneys or assist with the day to day management of a person’s affairs.
We are able to visit clients either at home, residential home or hospital, whichever is the most convenient for you. You can also visit any of our offices in Woodbridge, Ipswich, Hadleigh or Felixstowe to arrange a suitable appointment.
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