Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document which gives someone else the authority to take decisions and to sign legal documents on your behalf.

This can be a general power of attorney, perhaps given by a gap year child to a parent to enable the parent to look after the child’s finances while they are travelling, or perhaps if someone needs to be out of the country while a house sale is in progress, for example.

More often we deal with lasting powers of attorney. There are two kinds; one dealing with property and affairs and the other with health and welfare. A lasting power of attorney is so called because it continues to be valid even if the person whose power of attorney it is loses mental capacity because of Alzheimer’s or for some other reason.

You can find more information about lasting powers of attorney and related matters on the website of the Office of the Public Guardian.

If you wish, we can assist with the completion of lasting powers of attorney (including acting as the certificate provider) and completing the application form. In some cases, medical certificates are needed before a power of attorney can be completed. We can ensure that these are obtained.