In this section we explain everything you need to know about lasting powers of attorney and enduring powers of attorney.
There are two types of lasting powers of attorney, one relating to finances and one relating to health.
We advise clients to put these documents in place for peace of mind with the hope that they will not need to be used in the future. They are a safeguard if you lose the mental capacity to manage your financial affairs or make healthcare decisions so that your trusted attorneys can do so on your behalf.
Enduring powers of attorney are still in use although you can no longer create or amend an existing one. If you have an enduring power of attorney this will only relate to your finances. Your appointed attorneys will not be able to make health care decisions. If you wish to change an enduring power of attorney you will need to create a lasting power of attorney instead.
If you know someone who has an enduring power of attorney and they are beginning to lose capacity, the appointed attorneys have a duty to register the document with the Office of the Public Guardian at that point.
Succession planning in business is a strategy for passing on senior leadership roles (or ownership of the business) to a family member, an employee or management group within the business. The main aim in any succession planning is to ensure continuity of service to your customers or clients and to have a clear path forward for investors and other stakeholders. A Business Power of Attorney will allow you to identify which of your senior management team you would like to nominate to take the helm and make relevant business decisions if you find you are incapacitated for any reason. Our team will be able to help you through the planning stage and advise on implementation and communication of your decisions.
Whilst based in the South of England, Paris Smith acts for businesses and families throughout the UK. Technology has enabled us to provide a high level of service to our clients whether they are local to our offices or not. Our advice can be given in many ways:
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