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What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document which allows you to appoint someone (an Attorney) to make decisions for you when you are no longer able to do so. The importance of having such documents in place cannot be underestimated, especially nowadays, due to the ever-increasing rates of degenerative conditions such as dementia.

Making a Lasting Power of Attorney is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that if you lose mental capacity in the future, the decisions you have made regarding your finances and welfare are still met.

By creating a Lasting Power of Attorney when you still have the mental capacity to do so, you avoid the risk of your loved ones trying to take control of your finances in lengthy, stressful procedures if there comes a time when you do lack mental capacity.

There are two different types of Lasting Power of Attorney-property and finances, and health and welfare. A property and finances Lasting Power of Attorney, which can be used even if you still have mental capacity, would enable your attorney to pay bills on your behalf and make decisions about selling your house, dealing with benefits and your bank accounts and investments. A health and welfare Lasting Power of Attorney would enable your attorney to make decisions about where you live, your medical treatment, and social and health care issues, but can only be used when you no longer have the mental capacity to make your own health decisions.

At Rotheras our private client team has considerable experience in advising clients on making Lasting Powers of Attorney and can assist you in creating a Lasting Power of Attorney that not only provides legal protection but also works in the best interests of your loved ones.

Why use Rotheras for Lasting Powers of Attorney?

We can advise you on drawing up a property and finances Lasting Power of Attorney and a health and welfare Lasting Power of Attorney, or revoke an existing Power of Attorney

We can advise you in situations where you might want to put limitations in place regarding the decisions your attorney can make.

We can act as a professional attorney in situations where no family member wants to take on the role or there is no one suitable to act as attorney.

We can register your Lasting Power of Attorney with the Office of the Public Guardian.

We have a network of seven offices across Nottingham, with fully qualified wills and probate staff based at each who can advise you in regard to Lasting Powers of Attorney.

A number of our solicitors are members of Solicitors For the Elderly (SFE) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

We can arrange to see you at home or in hospital if you are not able to visit us at one of our offices.

We can draw on the experience of our Contentious Wills and Probate team where required in relation to Lasting Power of Attorney disputes.

We work in partnership with a number of charities including Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Carers Association to offer free legal advice to carers, including guidance relating to Lasting Powers of Attorney.

We can help you with:

  • Lasting Powers of Attorney disputes
  • Living Wills
  • Statutory Wills
  • Deputyship and Court of Protection
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Christina Yardley

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Christina‘s expertise covers a full range of private client services including Wills, Probate, Trusts, Care Fees Planning, Power of Attorney, Court of Protection, Tax Planning and Conveyancing.

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Jeremy Allen

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Jeremy Allen is a Wills, Probate and Trusts specialist at Nottingham based law firm Rotheras Solicitors and is based at our Lace Market offices in the heart of Nottingham City Centre.

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Duncan Godfrey

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Duncan Godfrey is a Probate, Trusts and Residential Conveyancing Solicitor at Nottingham based Rotheras Solicitors and is located at our offices in the Lace Market and Burton Joyce.

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Karen Hayward

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Karen Hayward is a partner and Chartered Legal Executive at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors, with over 20 years’ experience in Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications.  Karen is based at our Beeston office.

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Jayne Smith

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Jayne Smith leads the Wills and Probate department at Nottingham based Rotheras Solicitors and is currently based in our Wollaton office.

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Nelissa Hicks

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Nelissa has over 17 years’ experience as a Wills, Probate, Tax and Trusts solicitor and is based at our Mapperley office. An experienced Senior Associate with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry. Skilled in Inheritance Tax Planning and the Administration of Trusts and Estates.

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Petra Lewis-Feast is a senior lawyer within the wills and probate team. She has worked as a private client specialist since she qualified in 1993. Petra is currently based in our head office in the Lace Market

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Eleanor Robinson is a Wills, Probate and Trusts specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors and is based at our West Bridgford office.

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Sarah Soo

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Sarah Soo is a Wills and Probate specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors and has specialised in private client work since she began her career. Sarah is currently based in our Wollaton office

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James Briggs

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James Briggs is an associate and private client solicitor at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.

Adam Cotterill

Adam Cotterill

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Adam’s expertise covers a wide range of services including drafting Wills, preparing Power of Attorney documents, Probate and Court of Protections applications.

Alison Richardson

Alison Richardson

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Alison Richardson is a member of the wills, trust & probate team based at our Mapperley office.

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Christina Peck

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Christina Peck is a trainee solicitor within Rotheras Wills and Probate department and is based at the firm’s Mapperley office.

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Sharon Fleckney

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Sharon Fleckney is a Paralegal in Rotheras Wills and Probate department and is based at the firm’s Lace Market Office.

Anna Guy

Anna Guy

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Anna Guy has over 10 years’ experience of working in law firms, and 7 years’ experience of dealing with Wills and Probate matters.

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Brett James

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Brett James is a Conveyancing and Wills and Probate Paralegal at Rotheras Solicitors and is based at our Lace Market office.

Michelle Kingston

Michelle Kingston

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Michelle Kingston is a Paralegal in Rotheras Wills and Probate department and is based at our Long Eaton office

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Sue Radford

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Sue Radford is a Paralegal in Rotheras Wills and Probate department and is based at the firm’s Beeston Office.

Laura Clare

Laura Clare

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Laura has over 16 years’ experience as a Wills, Probate, Tax and Trusts solicitor and is based at our Lace Market office. An experienced Associate with a friendly, hands-on approach to clients.

Melissa Merry

Melissa Merry

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Melissa Merry is a Consultant in our Wills and Probate department, with over 30 years of exeperience in private client work. Melissa is based at our Nottingham City Centre offices.

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