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Powers of Attorney & Court of Protection Solicitors

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.

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.

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.

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    What our clients say about our Powers of Attorney & Court of Protection Service

    At our initial meeting with Chris Hopkins we received valuable and useful information regarding Lasting Powers of Attorney. Chris gave us clear information and this enabled us to make our choices. Following our decision to proceed, we were kept up to date and the process was professionally managed.

    Mr & Mrs Green

    This is the second time I have had dealings with Butcher & Barlow. The first was to set up Power of Attorney for my Mother, the second was to arrange Grant of Probate following my Mother's death. On both occasions I found Butcher & Barlow to be highly professional and efficient. Remi Kelly was particularly helpful at a time when I was expecting major surgery. I have no hesitation in recommending this Firm.

    Pete

    Jade at Butcher & Barlow helped us with the process of applying for Deputyship for a family member. From the outset, the whole process and fees were explained fully to us. We were kept informed throughout the whole process and would recommend Butcher & Barlow in the future.

    J & M

    We would highly recommend Butcher & Barlow, especially Helen for completing our Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney for both Financial Affairs and Health & Welfare. Helen has specialised in these services for many years. Her professional and friendly manner and expertise enabled us to use her knowledge and experience to fully understand the many complications and alternatives we needed to consider. Helen afforded us as much time and courtesy to understand each aspect of our financial considerations and particularly our health and welfare, which is often controlled by doctors and not ones family, which many people do not understand. Helen has enabled us to have that important control. We are delighted to have peace of mind.

    Mr M C

    Chris Hopkins provided a detailed explanation of what was required in terms of legal requirements and explained it in a very professional manner.

    Mr P

    We were very happy with the professional service received during the drawing up of our Will and Lasting Powers of Attorney and, for all the help and advice given to us throughout the process. We would definitely recommend their professional service.

    Mr & Mrs A

    Sam Dale at Butcher & Barlow LLP recently helped us set up a Lasting Powers of Attorney for our mother. Unfortunately, due to developing circumstances, this had to be arranged fairly quickly and not in the normal environment where these discussions would normally take place. Sam was so professional while also being personable and very accommodating to our mother. My family and I can't recommend Sam and Butcher & Barlow LLP enough for what they have done in such a short time. We will definitely use again.

    Innis

    We sought the services of Sam Dale after mum had a fall and ended up in respite care. It was then she realised it was probably time to sort out Powers of Attorney for her own piece of mind in the event of her being unable to sort out her own affairs. She chose my two brothers and myself, but we knew we wanted someone experienced to oversee the process. Sam was perfect. He talked through the ins and outs and simplified the legal jargon with us before talking to mum on her own to make sure everything was OK and it was exactly what she wanted. He was compassionate and professional in equal measure. I'd recommend his services anytime.

    Ian

    Thank you kindly for your information, explaining such information, and helping me to see that I made the right decision. The details of the LPA, I have understood what is involved and have clearly understood the details. Thank you for your professional advice.

    D Whittaker

    Happy with the service Chris gave us. He explained everything well, ensuring that we had time to look at all our options. His advice was much appreciated as it allowed us to make the best possible decisions. He took us through the timescale of everything and proved very reassuring.

    A Cunningham & J Leckenby

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