No-one has to have a Power of Attorney. Just like no-one has to have a Will. However it is very sensible to have one. In fact, at least everyone over 50 should have a Power of Attorney.
A Power of Attorney gives someone else authority to look after your affairs and sign things for you, etc if there ever comes a time when you are not able to do so. Without a Power of Attorney you are stuck. Even your spouse can’t act for you without written authority. You then need to apply to the Court of Protection for a Deputyship – an expensive procedure and can take a very long time.
So it makes sense to get a Power of Attorney in place while you are able to be on the safe side. It’s like insurance. You should have it but you might never need to use it. So at the age of 50 it is risky not to have one.
In England you need two Powers of Attorney, one for financial purposes and the other for welfare purposes.
Here’s some good news. At present we will prepare your Power of Attorney from £85 per person. And that includes free ongoing advice to you and your attorneys on its use.
Like a Will or DIY, you could do it yourself but why go to that bother when you can let us do all the work and take the responsibility.
Even better we let you decide whether to register it or not. So you only pay the government registration fee if and when you need to operate the Power of Attorney.
To find out more on our Power of Attorney services call Mark or Lauren on 01299 251442.