Powers of Attorney & Court of Protection

Being unable to manage your affairs can strike after an accident or illness.  Making preparations while you are fit and able is the key to peace of mind later.

We offer a full range of services and our department is based on the ground floor of our offices in Stoke Road, Gosport.  Our Private Client lawyers Ben Holden and Chris Paterson take a pragmatic yet sympathetic approach and can assist you with:

–    LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY

A Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to appoint someone to act on you behalf (an Attorney) if you lose the mental capacity to make decisions for yourself.  There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney you can make, one for your property and financial affairs and one for your health and welfare.  We offer full advice on how to make and what can be achieved with a Lasting Power of Attorney.

See Our Guide to Lasting Powers of Attorney

–    REGISTERING ENDURING POWER OF ATTORNEY

The old style Enduring Power of Attorney has to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian if the person who made it (the Donor) loses mental capacity to make decisions for themselves.  We can assist in advising when an Enduring Power of Attorney needs to be registered and how to register it.

–    GENERAL POWER OF ATTORNEY

If you are going to be unable to manage your affairs on a relatively short-term basis because you are going to be out of the country or in hospital, a general Power of Attorney allows you to appoint a person to act on your behalf in your absence.  We can assist you with the making of this document and can tailor the Power of Attorney for a specific transaction, for example selling your property, or make it general for your wider needs.

–    COURT OF PROTECTION DEPUTYSHIP

If a member of your family or close friend has lost the mental capacity to manage their own affairs and they do not have a Lasting Power of Attorney or Enduring Power of Attorney in place, you can apply to the Court of Protection to be appointed as their Deputy.  As a Deputy you will be able to manage their affairs on their behalf.  We offer a full service in making an application to the Court of Protection to be appointed as a Deputy.

See our article entitled My mother has dementia – how do I look after her assets

–    CARE HOME ISSUES

If a member of your family or close friend needs to go into full-time residential or nursing care or is already in full-time residential or nursing care, we can offer advice relating to the financial issues that surround this problematic area.

 

–    HOME VISITS

If you are unable to attend our offices in Stoke Road, Gosport, we are able to come out and visit you whether at home, in a residential/nursing home or in hospital.

 

Call Ben Holden or Chris Paterson on 02392 505500 for a free initial discussion on how we can help, or request a callback

 

Ben Holden and Chris Paterson are members of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (‘STEP’)

Ben Holden is a full accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly.

 

Our Court of Protection Team

Chris Paterson

Private Client Executive

Trusts, Wills and probate and elderly client care

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Ben Holden

Director/Solicitor

Trusts, Wills and probate and elderly client care

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