Recently I needed a will drawn up and a lasting power of attorney arranged with regard to my mother. Chris Hopkins was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful in making those problems easy to arrange. It was done efficiently and with care and attention to the detail I wanted. Chris was extremely friendly and courteous while dealing with the transactions and I felt that the fees were reasonable. I have no hesitation in recommending him and will be contacting him again if the need arises
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Powers of Attorney & Court of Protection
We understand the importance of planning for your future.
If you are concerned about losing the ability to manage your affairs in the future, or a family member is no longer able to manage their own affairs, Butcher & Barlow work across the North West and are here to provide you with expert advice tailored to your particular circumstances.
Do not assume that your spouse or civil partner is able to deal with your banks and pensions, or make decisions about your healthcare, without formal authority. This is not the case, and our Private Client team is here to ensure that you have the knowledge and understanding to secure the best possible approach to safeguarding your family’s future.
How can we help you?
In order to enter into a LPA, and grant someone the authority to make decisions about your financial affairs and health and welfare, it is essential that you are able to understand its implications. It is therefore crucial that the LPA is made whilst you are of sound mind and so it is never too early to consider putting one in place.
If an individual loses capacity it is necessary for somebody to be appointed to look after their affairs in relation to both finances and welfare. If that individual does not have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place, someone must step forward to offer their services to be appointed by the Court. In this situation, they are known as a Deputy. This is a tricky and laborious process and expert guidance is essential.
EPA’s created prior to October 2007 remain effective and valid, but for an Attorney to act under them, they must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian if the donor is losing or has lost mental capacity. Our team can advise and guide on both the registration process and the rules which apply to the Attorney.
If you have mental capacity but need someone to temporarily look after your financial affairs, for example if you are on holiday or in hospital, or simply cannot get out, this type of Power of Attorney may be suitable for you. Our team can advise you on its suitability and ensure that the document is drafted in such a way as to protect you and your money from misuse.
Our team are on hand to support you and your family when you need us. If you would like to arrange an appointment to discuss your situation, whether that be by video, telephone or in-person please get in touch with any member of our team. Alternatively, complete our Enquiry form and we will call you back as soon as possible.
What our clients say about our Powers of Attorney & Court of Protection Service
Ben provided me with a first rate service from start to finish. He was very friendly and considerate throughout. Thank you Ben.