Lasting Power of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to choose one or more persons you trust to make decisions on your behalf if you are no longer capable of making these decisions yourself. The person or persons you choose will be your attorney(s).

You can make a Lasting Power of Attorney (Property and Affairs), which allows you to appoint attorneys to act on your behalf in relation to your property and finances.

You can also make a Lasting Power of Attorney (Personal Welfare), which allows you to choose someone to make decisions relating to your personal welfare and healthcare when you lack the capacity to make those decisions yourself.

Both types of LPA need to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). In the case of decisions relating to Health and Welfare, powers can only be used by the appointed attorney(s) in the event you have lost mental capacity.

By appointing attorneys under an LPA, your family will not have to make a lengthy and costly application to the Court of Protection in order to be able to make decisions for you.

At Hethertons, we have considerable experience advising older clients and Barbara Stephens, who heads up our Later Life Services, is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).

For more information please call Barbara Stephens or Sarah Collier on 01904 528200 or email: brs@hethertons.co.uk or sjc@hethertons.co.uk

Wills and Probate Team

What Our Clients Say

Mrs B, Aberdeen

"I have no criticism at all. I have found everyone with whom I have had contact most helpful."
2017-04-07T12:23:26+00:00
"I have no criticism at all. I have found everyone with whom I have had contact most helpful."

Mr & Mrs I, York

"No improvement possible! Sarah was extremely pleasant helpful and efficient! Thank you, Sarah and Lucy"
2017-10-12T09:39:20+00:00
"No improvement possible! Sarah was extremely pleasant helpful and efficient! Thank you, Sarah and Lucy"

Mrs R, York

"No improvement required with your probate service, Barbara was professional, efficient and excellent dealing with our requirements. Thank you."
2017-02-10T17:36:24+00:00
"No improvement required with your probate service, Barbara was professional, efficient and excellent dealing with our requirements. Thank you."

Mr F, York

“Hethertons dealt with the processes extremely professionally, with a very patient and sympathetic attitude to my mum's situation”
2016-05-10T14:25:33+00:00
“Hethertons dealt with the processes extremely professionally, with a very patient and sympathetic attitude to my mum's situation”

Ms. H, York

"Positive experience all round, friendly, professional, approachable, thanks"
2015-07-10T16:16:34+00:00
"Positive experience all round, friendly, professional, approachable, thanks"

Mr & Mrs K, York

"Well pleased with service. Sarah Collier was very pleasant to deal with. Thank you."
2017-07-13T14:48:50+00:00
"Well pleased with service. Sarah Collier was very pleasant to deal with. Thank you."

Mrs B, York

“Special thanks and appreciation to Barbara who has always done her due diligence in making certain that my concerns have/are being addressed when handling my husband’s estate.”
2015-10-13T08:16:52+00:00
“Special thanks and appreciation to Barbara who has always done her due diligence in making certain that my concerns have/are being addressed when handling my husband’s estate.”

Mrs H, York

"Brilliant Service"
2016-04-14T15:42:53+00:00
"Brilliant Service"

Mrs F, York

"I do appreciate Barbara's calm, caring and professional approach - it has been a difficult time with my father being so poorly. But I have peace of mind that my affairs are in order."

2018-03-02T16:18:23+00:00
"I do appreciate Barbara's calm, caring and professional approach - it has been a difficult time with my father being so poorly. But I have peace of mind that my affairs are in order."

Mrs B, York

"Barbara is always pleasant, caring and very efficient so no critisism."
2017-11-22T14:40:23+00:00
"Barbara is always pleasant, caring and very efficient so no critisism."

Mrs W, York

"Fantastic service, fantastic people very professional in very difficult times, can't thank you enough"
2015-07-10T16:16:19+00:00
"Fantastic service, fantastic people very professional in very difficult times, can't thank you enough"

Mr & Mrs M, York

"We have always found Hethertons to be friendly, helpful & efficient."
2018-01-04T16:04:02+00:00
"We have always found Hethertons to be friendly, helpful & efficient."

Mrs F, York

"We were extremely happy with the service of Lee Higham, friendly & professional. Thank you."
2017-05-08T15:34:55+00:00
"We were extremely happy with the service of Lee Higham, friendly & professional. Thank you."

Mrs H, Haxby

"Service was excellent and courteous as always."
2017-11-03T09:49:14+00:00
"Service was excellent and courteous as always."

Mrs G, York

"We find Barbara Stephens excellent to deal with and would have no problem in recommending her."
2017-04-27T11:24:50+00:00
"We find Barbara Stephens excellent to deal with and would have no problem in recommending her."

Ms L, York

"Thank you also for all your help and efficiency over recent month!"
2018-03-19T16:44:02+00:00
"Thank you also for all your help and efficiency over recent month!"

Mrs B, York

"Many thanks Barbara for all that you have done. I am delighted to have had you as a primary lead on all of these matters. You have been most appreciated throughout this ordeal."
2016-04-07T08:11:53+00:00
"Many thanks Barbara for all that you have done. I am delighted to have had you as a primary lead on all of these matters. You have been most appreciated throughout this ordeal."

Mr G, York

"I would just like to say that Barbara and Karen have always been very professional with all work carried out and are extremely pleasant to work with. Both are a credit to the company and the reason that I continue to use Hethertons for my legal needs. Thank you."
2016-12-12T13:21:56+00:00
"I would just like to say that Barbara and Karen have always been very professional with all work carried out and are extremely pleasant to work with. Both are a credit to the company and the reason that I continue to use Hethertons for my legal needs. Thank you."

Ms L, York

"I want to say how incredibly grateful I am to you - for everything. You have done to smooth the process of sorting out Probate, etc. in relation to my late brother's estate. I feel so fortunate to have found you - Thank you for being there, for your professional brilliance, your kindness, your humour and your empathy."
2018-03-19T16:42:44+00:00
"I want to say how incredibly grateful I am to you - for everything. You have done to smooth the process of sorting out Probate, etc. in relation to my late brother's estate. I feel so fortunate to have found you - Thank you for being there, for your professional brilliance, your kindness, your humour and your empathy."

Mrs H, Haxby

""Very professionals, expedited service, Ms Stephens handled our businesses with courteousness & tact."
2017-02-16T18:30:33+00:00
""Very professionals, expedited service, Ms Stephens handled our businesses with courteousness & tact."

Mrs B, York

"Thank you for the wonderful way in which you handled this matter. I know that Steve & David were most impressed."
2017-01-04T09:15:29+00:00
"Thank you for the wonderful way in which you handled this matter. I know that Steve & David were most impressed."