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Can you make a Power of Attorney online?

05 August 2021 | Heledd Wyn

The simple answer is yes, it is possible to make a Power of Attorney online. However, whether you should or not is an entirely different matter entirely. The process of making a Power of Attorney may seem straightforward but for those who are unfamiliar with the process, there are many potential pitfalls which could result in your application being rejected or your wishes not being carried out correctly.  

In this article, specialist solicitor Heledd Wyn, looks at some of the common difficulties seen when clients attempt to make a Power of Attorney online. 

How do I make a Power of Attorney online? 

There are many ways to make a Power of Attorney online with a variety of businesses looking to provide the service. It can be difficult to know whether these businesses are legitimate, and the level of service and assistance offered varies greatly.  

For a Power of Attorney to be valid, it must be signed by any attorneys nominated as well as witnesses. The Power of Attorney must also be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian otherwise it will not be valid. 

Why use a solicitor to set up a Power of Attorney? 

When you use a solicitor to set up your Lasting Power of Attorney you can be confident that it will be set up correctly and tailored to meet your needs and circumstances. Not only will a solicitor set up your LPA but they will also provide you with essential advice. 

For example, they can help you decide who you should appoint as your attorney, ensure that they are willing and able to act, and understand their duties and obligations as an attorney.  

Your solicitor can also help you to set out clearly how your LPA should operate. Can attorneys make decisions alone, or must they make decisions jointly with others? How should the Power of Attorney operate if assets are owned jointly or held abroad? Do you need a separate power of attorney to cover your business interests? These are just some of the questions that may arise during discussions with a solicitor that are often overlooked when people attempt to set up a Lasting Power of Attorney using an online service.  

You may also wish to set out your wishes for how your affairs should be managed; a solicitor will help you to express any wishes you have clearly. They can also advise on how these should be set out to ensure that all eventualities are covered, and your wishes can be carried out.  

Your solicitor will explain the effects of a Lasting Power of Attorney to you clearly to ensure that you understand, which can prevent the validity of the Power of Attorney from being challenged at a later date. They can also advise you on any additional steps you may wish to take, such as revising your will or inheritance tax planning. 

Specialist Lasting Power of Attorney solicitors 

Our team of specialist solicitors are on hand to guide you through every stage of the process. We will also assist you with preparing and registering the documents, so that your LPAs are valid and ready for use should the time come, avoiding delays and financial difficulties in future. 

We offer: 

  • Clear, impartial advice on your options from specialist solicitors 
  • A flexible service with fixed fees for each stage of the LPA process 
  • Assistance to attorneys appointed under an LPA in carrying out their duties 
  • Assistance with general Powers of Attorney 

 

For advice about Lasting Powers or Attorney, financial arrangements, or any aspect of long-term and elderly care, please contact our friendly team of specialist care solicitors. Call 0117 906 9400 or email hello@gl.law. 

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

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