Lasting Powers of attorney during Coronavirus Pandemic.
We continue to provide an expert power of attorney service. This is not affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
A lasting power of attorney is an important document to let other people make decisions on your behalf if you don’t have mental capacity to make a decision or can’t express your wishes.
Health LPAs can cover all aspects of health and welfare from life sustaining treatment (such as ventilation or major operations) to more routine care matters such as where you live or how you are cared for.
Financial LPAs allow someone to manage your money, business or property while you are alive, but if you can’t deal with it yourself.
A lot of people are concerned that they can’t get legal help during the coronavirus pandemic but our power of attorney service is running as usual using video calls, phone and email to help you, instead of face to face meetings.
If you have an immediate need for a power of attorney please get in touch to discuss your concerns. Lasting Powers of Attorney can take time to set up as they have to be registered before they can be used, but there are other ways we can help support your health or financial decisions.
We want to work with you to make sure you have the protection and assistance you need, despite the restrictions caused by Covid-19.
At Glaisyers we can help you deal with an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) if someone has named you as their attorney. In October 2007 EPAs were replaced by Lasting Powers of Attorney so you can’t make an EPA any more, but any made before then can still be used.
The person who made the EPA is known as the Donor and if they start to lose the ability to make financial decisions for themselves the attorneys are under duty to register the EPA with the Office of the Public Guardian. Our specialist solicitors will help you through the registration process.
The law says that you have to tell certain people about the application, this is normally the Donor and their closest relatives. You will also have to fill in application forms and send them to the OPG. You might have to ask the Donor’s doctor to write a report to say whether the Donor can manage their finances any more. Our Power of Attorney experts can take the stress out of the registration process and deal with all of the paperwork for you.
Attorneys are only allowed to use an EPA for financial decisions and the Donor might have included a restriction to limit what you can do. If a decision needs to be made about someone’s health or welfare or if there is a problem with the EPA we will help you deal with it through the Court of Protection.
Now matter how complicated the situation is our Power of Attorney team will find a practical way forward for you.