As part of the Society of Will Writers 25th anniversary year, we are again revisiting IFA’s and other professions in the financial services sector. For years, IFA’s felt providing Wills for their clients was a waste of time and resources, especially when they could be out selling their own products. Today the market is totally…

Certificate Providers: Setting the Scene When it comes to the granting of decision making powers under a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), be they Property & Financial powers or Health & Welfare powers; in each case it takes three persons to make an LPA.  The Donor creating the decision making powers in the first place,…

Lasting Powers of Attorney A Lasting Power of Attorney (‘LPA’) is a document which legally enables one or more individuals you know and trust, your Attorneys, to have the Power to make decisions on your behalf if you lose Mental Capacity (‘capacity’).  Unlike a Will which deals with your estate when you are no longer…

Making an LPA is an important decision. Great consideration should be given to how many attorneys are needed, who is going to act, and how they will make decisions; after all these are the people who will be responsible for making decisions on the donor’s behalf and looking after their best interests. Ultimately the decision…

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a very important document that allows you to appoint people who you personally know and trust, or professionals, to make decisions on your behalf and look after your best interests should you lose capacity. There are two main types of LPA. A Property & Financial Affairs LPA covers…

Common Errors When Drafting LPAs   Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) are complex legal documents and care must be taken when drafting them to ensure they are completed correctly. The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) will reject any forms that are incorrect and that don’t meet their standards. This can cause unnecessary delays and…

Many of you will have seen Alan Shearer’s documentary ‘Football, Dementia and Me’ on BBC One last Sunday.  Dementia is seemingly prevalent in retired footballers, so much so that studies are being conducted into whether there is any link between heading a football and dementia in later life. Alan Shearer, who over the course of…

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document that allows you to choose someone you trust to make decisions for you in the event that you are unable to make them yourself (for example if you lost capacity). These people are referred to as your attorneys. There are two types of LPA. You don’t have…