Posted on 27.2.14
With over 210,000 lasting powers of attorney (LPA) made every year*, and rising, a leading North West law firm has committed to educating people about this important but somewhat mis-understood topic. “How to be a Successful Attorney”, a seminar from Gorvins Solicitors in Stockport is aimed at addressing the concerns of those charged with this important legal responsibility.
The 2014 series of seminars are already underway; attorneys and donors (those in the process of appointing) attended the firm’s offices last month to learn about the implications for both parties under a Lasting Power of Attorney.
Valerie Bown, Partner & Joint Head of the Wills, Trusts & Probate department said, “the seminar gives everyone the chance to share experiences and speak frankly about issues they are dealing with, which our clients find helpful.”
Gorvins had conducted a survey concerning LPA’s, before setting up the service. Ninety per cent of respondents said they did not fully understand role of an attorney, when first they were appointed. Fifty percent of respondents did not feel confident handling the responsibility.
Tasoula Crosby, Associate Solicitor, who coordinates the seminars with Valerie Bown, said “we are pleased our service has been of value to clients. We are able to reassure people and give guidance when needed, helping our clients to safeguard their future.”
A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document empowering someone, whilst they are still of sound mind, to appoint a relative or trusted friend to look after their affairs when they are no longer able to manage for themselves.
Lasting Powers of Attorney take two forms; a) the management of property and financial affairs and b) the management of the donor’s health and welfare. Each form is important in its own right.
All attorneys are accountable to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) and the Court of Protection.
According to the latest figures from the OPG, the number of LPAs trebled between 2009 and 2012 which makes these seminars especially important.
Christine Thornley, Partner and Joint Head of Wills, Trusts & Probate said: “LPAs are on the increase, an inevitable consequence of an ageing population. Our clients require their attorneys to be properly prepared to take on the role, allowing them to perform effectively.”
The next seminar “How to be a Successful Attorney” shall be held on 17th April at Gorvins offices in Stockport and shall cover both property & financial LPA’s together with supplementary information on health & welfare LPA’s.
All attorneys/deputies and donors using Gorvins LPA services shall automatically receive an invitation to the session.
The firm welcomes anyone else wanting to attend and would urge interested parties to contact Paul Longmire at Gorvins on 0161 930 5278 to register their interest. Future dates and events will also be published on the firm’s website at gorvins.com