Powers of attorney, living wills and court of protection

Becoming physically or mentally incapacitated, and therefore being unable to manage your own affairs, is probably something you don’t really relish thinking about. Imagining a similar scenario for someone close to you, may be equally upsetting. Putting a Power of Attorney in place now, to plan for what may happen in the future and thereby safeguard the decision making process for you, is sensible life-planning.

For instance, if you (or someone you’re responsible for) have a progressive medical condition, making a Living Will – or Advanced Medical Decision – when you have full capacity, ensures that decisions about medical treatment in the event of certain critical situations would be taken according to your wishes.

If you, or someone you care for becomes incapable of making decisions for themselves and has not made any type of Lasting Power of Attorney or Living Will, then the only way affairs can be handled is by someone applying to the Court of Protection to be appointed as a Court Deputy for the purpose of managing that person’s affairs. We can advise upon and make Court of Protection applications for you.

Without legal guidance, knowing the best way forward in these circumstances can seem complicated and be confusing. Consult Colemans and secure a clear way forward.

We’re highly experienced in this field of law. Solicitor and Head of Department Michael Cutler has worked in this specialised area for over 20 years. In 1995, he was admitted to membership of the prestigious Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the worldwide professional association, for those advising families across generations. Rukhsana Hussain and Vicky Burdett are both members of STEP and Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).

Powers of Attorney, Living Wills and Court of Protection – our areas of expertise…

  • Powers of Attorney. Simple Power of Attorney, Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA – formerly known as Enduring Power of Attorney) including Property & Affairs LPA (LPA PA) and Health & Welfare LPA (LPA HW).Advice on appointment of attorneys; documentation drafting and facilitation.
  • Living Wills. Advanced Medical Decision. Advice, support and Will drafting. Advice on sensitive interaction between Living Wills and LPAs.
  • Court of Protection. Assistance or facilitation of applications for Deputyship. Advice/guidance on acting as a Deputy or actual representation as a Court Deputy.

Need to plan for potential loss of capacity? Consult Colemans and secure continuity of your wishes.

…We’re a winning combination of legal knowledge, experience and service.

We’re here to help.

Michael Cutler

Senior Partner and Head of Private Client

01628 631051

Rukhsana Hussain

Solicitor, Private Client Law

Vicky Burdett

Solicitor, Private Client Law

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