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Lasting Power of Attorney

The ability to be able to take important decisions about our own affairs is a cornerstone of personal independence that we all rightly value enormously. It is therefore a huge decision to contemplate giving that very important task to someone else, even though that person may be a son or a daughter, or someone else whom we love and care for, and who really loves and cares for us. We mistakenly perceive it as a failing rather than just an acceptance that we need a little help from those we love.

However it is a sad fact of life that occasionally a situation does arise where we can no longer look after ourselves, either properly or sometimes at all, generally because of some sort of health problem or perhaps just because of old age, and in these unfortunate circumstances it is sometimes in our very best interests to allow someone we trust to carry out that task for us. Solicitors call this “granting a Power of Attorney.”

We always approach these matters with great care and sensitivity because we realise the decisions involved are never easily made.

There are 2 types of Lasting Powers of Attorney:

  • The Lasting Power of Attorney for property and financial affairs, LPA (PFA) which allows you to authorise another person to make decisions on your behalf in relation to your property and financial affairs and to generally manage your financial affairs. This might include the buying and selling of property, the managing of various bank, building society accounts, stocks, shares and investments, or just the day to day management of your income and outgoings.
  • The Lasting Power of Attorney for Health & Welfare, LPA (HW) which empowers the person you appoint to make decisions about health, housing and social care issues and medical issues which may affect you including decisions about life-sustaining treatment.

You can choose to make just one of these two types of LPA or both depending on your personal circumstances. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your individual requirements with us to enable us to advise you on the best solution for you.

We can guide you on the sort of restrictions and conditions that you might wish to include.

We can advise you on what measures need to be taken to fully safeguard and protect your current position and your future interests. We can advise you and guide you in relation to the rules and requirements of registration of your Lasting Power of Attorney with the Office of the Public Guardian.

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A big ‘thank you’ Richard from Steve and myself. Your time and attention you gave to both of us was remarkable. I’ve had dealings with many solicitors over the years, but have never received this level of service as you gave.

Mrs R – West Malling, Kent

A devastating event brought us to call on Laker Legal. We were put in touch with Mr John Hirst, and from the first moment we spoke to him we knew everything was going to be ok. Mr John Hirst, was always on the end of the Phone or Email, Kept in touch with us 100% of the time, and the support we received took so much pain off our family. All i can say is Thank you so much for everything you did for us.

Ms P - Maidstone

I used the services of Jess and the team at Laker Legal as a first time buyer looking for properties to buy, near and around Bath.

Jess was fantastic, in her communication during the process as well as her knowledge and ability during the conveyancing process. She helped me make informed decisions and ultimately find and purchase a wonderful home near Bath. Jess is adept at spotting potential issues during a purchase that I believe others may not.

She clearly excels at her craft and you will be in safe hands should you use her services too.

Bath.

Thank you for all your help and support over the last 12 months. You and the team at Laker Legal have been fantastic.
Sarah was lovely and really supportive yesterday.

Ms. W of Leyland

Best conveyancing experience ever. After two supposedly good law firms failed to even do the basics post instruction, for nearly 8 weeks, Jess at Laker Legal took on the difficult challenge of overseeing my purchase and completion in record time. Always proactive, very knowledgeable of her subject and extremely good communicator. I never had to chase the firm for anything. They always answered my calls efficiently. I can't praise them enough. What a wonderful experience.

I recommend Jess and would be very happy to use her again in the future.

Mrs A, Lancaster.

I can highly recommend John Hirst at Laker Legal solicitors in Lancaster. He was superb from start to finish dealing with a very complex child arrangements case for me. A really decent guy and an excellent family law solicitor who genuinely cares about his clients. John was fully up to speed with my case at all times and we got the outcome we wanted.

Mr B, Kendal

Jessica Blacow from Laker Legal Solicitors Lancaster pulled out every stop truly amazing lady / firm nothing was to much trouble I honestly felt like they was my friends not just a firm that wanted your money but a solicitor firm that cared with compassion I will use Laker Legal Solicitors Lancaster for all my needs in the future.

Mr T, Lancaster

I am very pleased with Laker Legal firm, my Solicitor John Hirst, was extremely helpful throughout the drawing of my prenuptial agreement. A very professional and knowledgeable approach yet warm,and friendly enough to feel comfortable with in a situation that can be quite uncanny to discuss or uneasy as per say. Thankyou again!

Mrs V – London

Thank you so much Richard, you have been so kind and patient with me when I have been at about the lowest point of my life after losing my wife, I can never thank you enough. I will also let my family know my wishes that Laker Legal Solicitors deal with my estate when that time comes.

Mr Y, Addington, Kent.

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