A Power of Attorney is a legal document in which you designate another person (called your Attorney) to act on your behalf and to make decisions if you are unable to do so yourself.
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney and they are Health and Welfare and Finance.
It is difficult to think about a time when you may be unable to make decisions for yourself but setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney can give you peace of mind that someone you trust will be able to make decisions for you should the need arise.
The attorney can be used if you lack mental capacity. If you lack mental capacity it means you lack the ability to make a specific decision at the time that it needs to be made.
If you have a Lasting Power of Attorney for financial decisions then you attorneys will be able to make decisions about selling your home or paying the bills or investing any money that you have.
If you have a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare then your attorneys will be able to make decisions about where you should live and the medical care you should receive and who you should have contact with.
This is a difficult area of law and it is very important to plan a Power of Attorney carefully and make sure that you fully understand the consequences of it and make sure that you take the necessary safeguards to protect you and your estate.
At Clifford Johnston and Co Solicitors we specialise in preparing these powers of attorney. Your matter will be handled either by Christopher Furbey or by Shane Flannery.
Mr Furbey and Mr Flannery are both qualified and experienced solicitors. Mr Furbey is also a member of the Law Society’s Approved Mental Health Panel meaning that he has particular expertise in dealing with vulnerable people and those mental health related issues.
We also operate from three offices across Stockport and Manchester and can also see you at home meaning that we are accessible.
If you or somebody you care for would like to put some thought into a Power of Attorney then please contact either Christopher Furbey on 0161 975 1908 or Shane Flannery on 0161 696 2410. Alternatively you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.