Estate Planning and Advice for the Elderly

Elderly AdviceIf you become incapacitated, would someone of your choice be able to deal with your affairs on your behalf? The answer is only yes if you have a Power of Attorney already in place.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to nominate who you would like to deal with your affairs – a person you can trust.  LPA’s can enable you to give direction to your loved ones in matters concerning your health and welfare and in respect of your finances and property. Preparing a Lasting Power of Attorney enables you to control who will be responsible for making decisions on your behalf if you become unable to.

We give practical advice so that you can be confident that your affairs are in order. You must prepare and register Lasting Powers of Attorney before you can rely on them. Lasting Powers of Attorney cannot be completed in a hurry – they are complex forms and they must be registered before they can be used. The Registration process can take 6 – 12 weeks. We can assist you drafting and registering Lasting Powers of Attorney.

We also provide advice and assistance in connection with Applications for Deputyship Orders. This is the type of application that must be made if you have lost capacity and become unable to manage your own affairs. When no party has been appointed through a Power of Attorney, often such an application must be made. We are able to act as Professional Deputies and also to assist in applications for such orders for others. We are also able to offer guidance and assistance to Deputies in carrying out their deputyship duties. For further information please contact us.

We offer fixed fees where possible and can apply for remissions and exemptions of Probate Registry fees if your finances mean you are entitled.