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Decisions That Attorneys Can Make

Decisions That Attorneys Can Make

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) for Property and Financial Affairs and Health and Welfare allow the attorneys to make decisions that relate to the donor’s property and financial affairs and health and welfare respectively. The forms however do not specifically state what decisions attorneys can and cannot make. It is advisable to give the donor … Read moreDecisions That Attorneys Can Make

Jointly Owned Property and Attorneys

Jointly Owned Property and Attorneys

It is fairly common for married couples to want to name each other as sole attorneys in their Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). Whilst there is nothing wrong with this appointment, clients should be advised that naming the spouse could cause some difficulties where the couple own land jointly with each … Read moreJointly Owned Property and Attorneys

Invalid Instructions in LPAs

Invalid Instructions in LPAs

Instructions are legally binding statements included in Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) that the attorneys must comply with. Instructions should be carefully worded to ensure they are straightforward, easy to understand and capable of being put into practice. If instructions are unclear, not possible or too complicated, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) may … Read moreInvalid Instructions in LPAs

Lasting Powers of Attorney—Cross Border Concerns

Lasting Powers of Attorney—Cross Border Concerns

The international enforcement of Lasting Powers of Attorneys (LPAs) abroad, and similar foreign protective measures here, can be a complex area but it is an issue that is becoming more common. Where there is an international element to a donor’s arrangements, it is vital that their situation is clarified as soon as possible. If clarification … Read moreLasting Powers of Attorney—Cross Border Concerns

LPAs: Qualifying for Remission or Exemption

LPAs: Qualifying for Remission or Exemption

When an LPA is sent to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) for registration, a registration fee is payable. At the time of writing, this is £82 per document. However, certain donors may be entitled to apply for a reduced fee or even complete exemption from the fee due to their financial circumstances. In … Read moreLPAs: Qualifying for Remission or Exemption

Common Errors in the Signing of Lasting Powers of Attorney – Updated

Common Errors in the Signing of Lasting Powers of Attorney - Updated

As an important legal document, a Lasting Power of Attorney needs to be legible and the Office of the Public Guardian will reject any documents that do not meet their standards. We check a large number of LPAs before they are sent to the OPG, some common errors are detailed below: Dates Please take the … Read moreCommon Errors in the Signing of Lasting Powers of Attorney – Updated

Lasting Powers of Attorney: Can the donor’s will be disclosed to attorneys?

LPA Can the donor’s will be disclosed to attorneys

Since 1st March 2017, it has been accepted that a donor’s will can be disclosed to the attorneys of their Property and Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). Before this date, it was believed that the will could only be disclosed if the LPA gave express authorisation for this. Can the will be disclosed whilst … Read moreLasting Powers of Attorney: Can the donor’s will be disclosed to attorneys?

Reminder: Office of the Public Guardian Refund Scheme

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It has been over six months since the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) announced their power of attorney refund scheme. Recent evidence however shows that only around 15% of those entitled to a refund have applied to the OPG. Due to this, we would like to put out a reminder about the scheme and … Read moreReminder: Office of the Public Guardian Refund Scheme

Paying Fees to an Attorney

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Reasonable Expenses All attorneys are able to claim reasonable expenses they incur whilst acting for the donor. This includes expenses such as postage, travel costs and the cost of an accountant preparing annual accounts. This does not have to specifically mentioned in the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) itself but could be included should the … Read morePaying Fees to an Attorney