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Lasting Power of Attorney in Warrington, Cheshire 

When making a will you may also wish to consider a Lasting Power of Attorney. We are able to offer a discount on the cost of a Lasting Power of Attorney when drafted at the same time as the Will. 
Whilst it is normal for us to take good health for granted, it is wise to make provision for the unexpected. 
In the same way as a Will does, a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) will give you peace of mind and reassurance that the future – whatever it brings – is taken care of. 
With an LPA if you are unable to manage your affairs yourself, perhaps because of a physical illness, accident or a condition such as Alzheimer’s, someone you trust can make decisions on your behalf. This person is called an ‘Attorney.’  
Don't leave it until it's too late - the unexpected can happen to anyone - at any age. Think of it a bit like an insurance policy - but without the annual premiums!  
Call Diane for free advice 01925 937070 
There are two different types of Lasting Power of Attorney.  
You can choose one or both, depending on your individual circumstances: 

Property and Financial Affairs 

This LPA authorises your Attorney to manage anything that relates to your property and financial matters. Many people assume that if they become incapacitated their spouse, partner or children would be able to make decisions and transactions on their behalf, however this is not the case. 
In the absence of an LPA your relatives may have to make an application to the Court of Protection to become a Deputy which would give them the legal right to make decisions on your behalf. This process is lengthier and substantially more expensive than an LPA. 
With a Property and Financial Affairs LPA your Attorney can make payments from your bank account, receive benefits on your behalf, receive bank statements and pay your bills and expenses. Without an LPA you may find that your bank account is frozen.- and this can be the case even with joint bank accounts. 
If you would like to discuss making a Power of Attorney call Diane on 01925 937070, email info@dsmlegal or Request a Call Back.  
Please don't leave it too late as the donor must have mental capacity at the time of making the LPA. Once mental capacity is lost it is not possible to make an LPA and instead an application to the Court of Protection will be necessary - a lengthy and expensive process.  

Health and Welfare 

This type of LPA allows your Attorney to make decisions that affect your personal health and welfare if you are unable to make those decisions yourself. For example, your Attorney can make decisions about medical and life-sustaining treatment. Your Attorney(s) must always act in your best interests and it is important to ensure therefore that they are fully aware of your wishes. A Health and Welfare LPA can be used to achieve this. 

Your LPA in four easy steps: 

1. Call 01925 937070 or email us at info@dsmlegal.co.uk to arrange a free telephone consultation. You can also Request a Call Back. 
2. If you wish to go ahead we will write to you with confirmation of your instructions. We will witness your signature and act as your certicate provider. This is an important safeguard to protect you.  
3. We will draft your LPA and arrange a time when you are available to sign your LPA.  
4. We will lodge your LPA with the Office of the Public Guardian for registration and, once received by us, we will check that all is in order and contact you to arrange either posting or collection (whichever you prefer). We can also provide certified copies upon request.  

Why use DSM Legal Solicitors? 

We cover Warrington, Widnes, Runcorn and St Helens.  
We offer a caring, personal service with fixed fees.  
Home, care home and hospital visits by arrangement.  
Established in 2003 
Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.  
Call us today on 01925 937070, email info@dsmlegal.co.uk  

We provide: 

Home, hospital and care home visits *  
Preparation of the Lasting Power of Attorney; 
Completion of the Certificate Provider’s statement; 
Witnessing of your signature; 
Witnessing your Attorney’s signature(s); 
Registering the LPA(s) with the Office of the Public Guardian; 
A certified copy of the LPA * 
*Additional fees apply - let us know what your requirements are, and we will provide you  
with full details. 

Is there a registration fee payable? 

There is a registration fee for the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) of £82.00, which may be reduced or waived by the OPG if you are in receipt of certain welfare benefits. 
We offer a discount of £100.00 if you take out both the LPA for Property and Financial Affairs and LPA for Health and Welfare at the same time. 
Contact DSM Legal Solicitors on 01925 937070 to speak a solicitor or email info@dsmlegal.co.uk for more information. We are close to Junction 8 of the M62, near to IKEA and Marks & Spencer, and have free onsite car parking. 
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