Powers of Attorney

People today are now living longer than at any time in history. While this is undoubtedly a good thing and allows families to enjoy many more happy years together, it does also come with certain problems. 

One of these problems is the increased likelihood of loved ones suffering from medical conditions, degenerative diseases and accidents as they advance in age. These incidents can result in those closest to us losing capacity to make decisions, and they may even need round-the-clock help to do the simplest things.

While caring for a loved one in this position is rarely without its problems, life can be made a little easier by being granted power of attorney to act and make decisions on their behalf. 

Applying to court if there is no Power of Attorney

If obtaining a Power of Attorney is not done before your relative has lost capacity, attempting to gain control of their finances or making welfare decisions can be far more costly and difficult. If this happens you will need to take the matter to court to obtain a deputyship order. 

Having your lasting power of attorney arranged before your relative is no longer able to legally agree is the easiest way of having it set up, as well as the best way to ensure everyone is happy with the decision.

Trying to obtain a court order after your relative has lost their capacity to agree can be expensive, stressful, and lead to disagreements within the family.

Don’t wait until it’s too late – speak with our Power of Attorney team to discuss your options and get peace of mind knowing you and your family are prepared for the future.

At Robertsons we are proud at the depth of experience and expertise within our Probate department.

Rhian Rees - Rhian qualified in 2007 and is Head of our Probate and Estate Planning department.  She has gained experience is a wide range of probate matters and has previously developed her own probate department in a firm in Cheltenham. Rhian has worked on hundreds of probate matters including high net worth probates in excess of £12 million.

Sarah Howard - Sarah is our Probate Executive and has worked with Rhian since 2019. She has gained extensive experience in all areas of Probate matters and is praised by clients for her efficient manner and excellent communication skills.

Wills

Single Will £200 plus VAT
Mirror Wills (for a couples) £300 plus VAT
Mirror Life Interest Trust Wills (for couples) – this includes the severance of the tenancy £400 plus VAT
Discretionary Trust Wills Hourly rate of £225 plus VAT

We offer a free half hour consultation with clients. Appointments can be conducted over the telephone or in person at our offices on an appointment only basis.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

We offer services to our clients when coming to terms with the possibility that in the future we may be unable to manage our own financial affairs and health decisions. Ensuring your affairs are in order is the most important part of financial planning.

We can assist by putting in place Lasting Powers of Attorney.

There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney:

  1. Property & Financial Affairs – this enables your appointed Attorney/Attorneys to deal with your financial affairs.
  2. Health & Welfare – this enables your appointed Attorney/Attorneys to deal with decisions concerning your health and welfare.

Both types of Lasting Power of Attorney must be registered by the Office of the Public Guardian in order for your appointed Attorney/Attorneys to act. The difference between the two types is that the Property & Financial Affairs document allows your Attorneys to act whilst you still have capacity; whereas the Health & Welfare document can only be used by your Attorneys when you have lost capacity to make decisions of your own.

1 x Lasting Power of Attorney £375 plus VAT
2 x Lasting Powers of Attorney £500 plus VAT
4 x (both types) Lasting Powers of Attorney (generally couples) £700 plus VAT

Our fees above do not include the current registration fee of £82 per document.

You can apply for a fee remission of 50% in respect of the registration fee if:

  • You earn less than £12,000 (before tax);
  • Receive certain non-means-tested benefits, such as Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, PIP, Pensions Savings Credit, Universal Credit.

You can also be exempt from paying the registration fee if you are in receipt of means-tested benefits such as:

  • Income Support;
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Housing Benefit;
  • DOES NOT INCLUDE: Disability Living Allowance, PIP or Invalidity Benefit.

The above remission/exemptions can be discussed during the meeting with our Solicitor.

Our Expert Team

Our expertise is how we maintain our strong reputation as a law firm.

Meet The Probate, Wills & Trusts Team