Why You Should Make a Lasting Power of Attorney

Given the unprecedented times we are currently having, there is no time like the present to put in place steps to ensure your affairs can be dealt with if the unexpected happens.

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?


A LPA is a legal document that allows you to appoint one or more people as your attorney to help you manage your affairs for you if you are unable to for any reason. You can also appoint replacement attorneys who will step in if something happens to your chosen attorneys.

There are 2 types;

Health and Welfare which allows your attorneys to make decisions on your behalf regarding such things as moving into a care home, medical care and also provides you with the opportunity to detail your instructions as to whether or not you wish to consent to life sustaining treatment.  This LPA only comes into force once you lose mental capacity.

Property and Financial allows your attorney/s to manage your bank or building society account, pay bills or sell property for example. Unlike the Health LPA this one can come into effect as soon as it is registered if you choose for it do so.

How safe is a LPA against financial abuse?


Part of the process of entering into a LPA is that a certificate provider signs the form to confirm that you understand the power you are giving and that you have not been put under any pressure to do so.

Whilst no longer mandatory, you can also notify people under the LPA of what you are intending to do which allows them time to raise any objections that they have.

The LPA allows you to state any preferences or instructions that you have which your attorney must abide by. For example you can provide instructions as to when you would permit your home to be sold or that you wish to have quarterly reports regarding your finances.

What happens if I lose capacity and do not have a LPA?


If you do not enter into a LPA and you lose your mental capacity, your loved ones will  need to apply to the Court of Protection to become your Deputy to make decisions for you which is a much more time consuming process and will cause delays in your affairs being able to be dealt with.

At the end of the day, LPAs allow to have the peace of mind that your affairs will be dealt with as per your wishes by people that you trust.

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James Atkins

Associate Solicitor

James is a private client solicitor specialising in wills, trusts, powers of attorney and estate administration. He graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in English Literature in 2013 and went on to complete his law conversion course at BPP University. 

James trained at Baron Grey and after a sabbatical in Russia has recently re-joined the firm. James has a very friendly and approachable manner and is an asset to Baron Grey.

Lara Symons

Solicitor

Lara Symons qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and has specialised in all aspects of Immigration Law since then. Lara was formally the head of the Immigration Appeals Team at White Ryland Solicitors in Shepherds Bush, before moving to Spain for four years with her family.

Lara joined Baron Grey in 2013 and now works for the firm dealing with a wide range of immigration and probate matters.

Minnie Waite

Conveyancer

Minnie Waite joined Baron Grey in 2017 as a conveyancer having worked in the City for many years.

She has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with all aspects of conveyancing transactions and has studied the License Conveyancing course. Minnie specialises in freehold/leasehold, enfranchisement, has some commercial experience and advises on mortgages.

She is extremely approachable and friendly and a great addition to the Baron Grey team.

Ben Hall

Solicitor Advocate

Ben Hall is an experienced solicitor who re-joined Baron Grey solicitors in early 2018, having originally trained under Vincent in 2006.

Ben specialises in criminal defence work and regularly represents clients from the investigatory stage all the way through to the Crown Court and Court of Appeal, where he has had notable success.

Ben has expanded his practice into civil litigation with a particular emphasis on commercial and probate disputes.

Emma Faulkner

Solicitor

After being awarded a 2:1 degree in Law from the University of Reading, Emma joined Baron Grey in 2012. Since then, she has successfully completed the Legal Practice Course part-time obtaining a Distinction, and qualifying as a solicitor in February 2016.

Emma assists the litigation team and specialises in Family Law, including divorce and financial proceedings. Emma also deals with the niche area of Private Client Law concerning Lasting Powers of Attorney. She follows the footsteps of her grandfather who worked for Baron Grey as a senior legal assistant.

Vincent Hambleton-Grey

Principal

After graduating in Law in London, Vincent joined the firm in 1990 as a newly qualified solicitor. He specialises in litigation and company commercial work as well as employment and matrimonial matters. 

He is passionate about representing those who do not always have a fair voice in the community and his clients vary from local people to many small businesses in the area. Whenever possible, Vincent’s aim is always to meet and discuss matters with all new clients personally first. 

Born in Swansea, South Wales, he moved to London as an undergraduate and has lived in Twickenham since 1994. He is married with two daughters.