Power of Attorney Hartlepool

People who are given the power of attorney act as an agent in business and legal matters for someone else, often someone with a terminal illness or other incapacitating condition. Continue reading to learn more about power of attorney and get information on local companies and providers that will help you in your search.

Smith & Graham
01429 271651
Church Square Chambers
Hartlepool
R Bell & Son
01429 273165
32A Victoria Road
Hartlepool
Smith Malcolm & Partners
01429 232204
24 Victoria Road
Hartlepool
Levinson Martin A Solicitor
01429 264101
York Chambers
Hartlepool
Donnelly Adamson
01429 274732
155-155A York Road
Hartlepool
Wilson & Co Ltd
01429 869523
56 Avenue Road
Hartlepool
Mcardle Solicitors
01429 866542
44 Victoria Road
Hartlepool
Braid Lupton & Dunkerley
01429 274343
80-82 York Road
Hartlepool
A N Jackson & Co
01429 234324
Havelock House
Hartlepool
Yz Consultants Ltd
01429 424609
57 Harvester Close
Hartlepool
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Enduring Power of Attorney

Information on the Power of Attorney

Enduring Power Of Attorney | Will Information & Advice

You may be concerned that there will be a time in the future when you become unable to manage your own affairs. One way to ensure your affairs are taken care of is to grant a power of attorney to someone.

A Power of Attorney is a legal document in which you (The Donor) give another person or people (The Attorney) the power to act on your behalf with regard to your property and financial affairs. There are two common types of Power of Attorney in England and Wales:

  • General Power of Attorney (sometimes known as ordinary)
  • Enduring Power of Attorney.

A General Power of Attorney (GPA) usually relates to specific events or periods and is often used if someone is in hospital for a short period of time. If you become mentally incapable a general power is automatically revoked.

Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPA) remain valid in the event that you become mentally incapable of handling your own affairs. You can download a comprehensive free guide to EPAs .

Only the donor can make a decision to create a power of attorney. You can create one yourself but it is always a good idea to get information and help from a legal professional . A solicitor can draft an EPA for you and will only take instructions from you. Anyone can be appointed an attorney unless they are bankrupt and you may have more than one attorney. Remember that this person will be acting on your behalf and managing your financial affairs so you must trust them implicitly.

As soon as the person who has been appointed believes that the Donor is, or is becoming, mentally incapable they must apply to register the EPA with the Public Guardianship Office. The basic fee is £120 but you can find extensive advice relating to registering an EPA and more fee information from the Public Guardianship Office .

The Mental Capacity Act 2005, due to come into force in 2007 will introduce a new type of power of attorney known as a Lasting Power of Attorney. This would allow you to choose someone to make decisions on your behalf about personal welfare decisions as well as financial decisions. You can find more information from the Department for Consitutional Affairs .

Here is a sample power of attorney form.

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