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There are many different situations that can occur which may require people to consider appointing a power of attorney to make their financial or health and welfare decisions for them now or in the future.

Unfortunately, if it is left too late then relatives can be left having to apply through the courts in order be able to access important things like bank accounts which may need to be used to help pay for care and other expenses. This process can be long, complicated and costly, which is why appointing a power of attorney in advance is always beneficial and can provide much needed peace of mind and simplicity when the time comes.

What Is A Legal Power Of Attorney?

A power of attorney is a legal document that gives a person(s), whom you have chosen, the right to act on your behalf and make decisions in your best interest, in the event you are incapacitated either physically or mentally.

The ordinary power of attorney document (OPA) or lasting power of attorney document (LPA) will enable the chosen person(s) to make decisions concerning either ‘Property and Financial’ matters or your ‘Health and Welfare’. A power of attorney document does not need to be used immediately when issued, and has no set timeframe for expiration (the only caveat being that their validity ceases to exist as soon as the ‘principal’ person dies) – this means they can be used at any time in the future, as and when it is required.

Why is a Power of Attorney so Important?

A power of attorney document is vitally important to avoid any confusion, issues and delays in the event that you are unable to handle your own affairs or make your own decisions.

In this instance family, friends or work colleagues would be left dealing with complex legal processes in order to obtain the right, without your previous consent, to manage your financial or personal business. It is therefore important to have a power of attorney created and a trusted person(s) ready to pick up your affairs and communicate on your behalf with organisations such as banks, solicitors, local councils, creditors or health service providers.

The Benefits of Using Sarah Waddington Power Of Attorney Solicitors

One of the main benefits of using our power of attorney solicitor services is that we have the ability to create a customised power of attorney (OPA or LPA) for your own personal set of circumstances.

There are generic packages which can be bought over the internet, but these do not allow you to insert your own tailored directive advice, which can then leave your wishes open to interpretation and confusion.

By choosing to create your OPA or LPA with Sarah Waddington Solicitors you will be able to take advantage of both our legal expertise and overall knowledge on this topic. This will enable you to rest in the comfort and security that your personal affairs will be taken care of should you be unable to carry these out.

What is a Mirror Power of Attorney?

A Mirror Power of Attorney is a document which gives either you or your partner the ability of appointing each other to deal with one another’s ‘Property and Financial’ matters, or ‘Health and Welfare’ issues, should either of you unfortunately lose the capacity to do so.

Therefore, creating a Mirror Power of Attorney can provide you with the security and peace of mind that the management of your affairs will be easily transferred to a partner as and when needed. In England and Wales this is important as there is no automatic legal right for your partner, spouse or child to take control of your affairs, if you lose the capacity to make your own decisions.

How Much Does a Power of Attorney cost?

A Power of Attorney costs from £225 +VAT (£270 including VAT).

A Mirror Lasting Power of Attorney (for two people) this starts from £375 +VAT (£450 including VAT).

Note: In England and Wales a power of attorney document must first be registered with The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) before it can be used. As part of our Power of Attorney Service we can oversee this process and register your document for you – the fee for this is £82 per registration. This fee is in addition to our fee for the initial creation of the Power of Attorney document.

Additional certified copies of a Power of Attorney document can also be provided at an additional cost.

It is worth noting this service is means tested, so if you are in receipts of benefits, i.e. income support there can be reductions available of up to 50%.

Lasting Power of Attorneys (LPA) for Sole Traders & SME Business Owners

It is just as important to plan ahead and cover your business affairs, as it is your personal affairs. If you were sick or out of the country have you considered who would authorise salary payments, pay creditors or sign off commercial decisions?

Unless your business was created as partnership or you are a company director then you will need to make adequate provision as partnerships or directors should have provisions for these circumstances listed in the ‘terms of the partnership agreement’ or ‘the articles of association’ (it is advisable to check).

However, if you are a sole trader or limited company then it is important to have an LPA in place. This will avoid the lengthy and costly process of appointing a deputy to act on your behalf, as has no guarantee of success and can leave your business open to considerable risk.


What Are the Different Types of Power of Attorney?

In England and Wales there are two main types of Power of Attorney currently in operation:

  • Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

This option will be required if you need to handle the property and financial affairs or health and welfare issues of someone that has become incapacitated mentally.

  • Ordinary Power of Attorney (OPA)

This option will cover your requirements if you need someone to look after your financial affairs for a certain period of time. For example, if you become physically incapacitated or are out of the country for a set amount of time. However, this option cant be used if your mental capacity is to be impeded in any way.

Setting up a power of attorney is not a decision to take lightly, it is one which needs considerable consideration and one which has many legal implications. With this in mind it is advisable to seek the advice of a power of attorney solicitor to help you navigate through the administrative side of the process and to discuss with you the types of decisions your power of attorney(s) will have to make.

The over-riding duties and responsibilities should be focused on the best interest of the individual. Any decisions which a power of attorney makes need to take into the account the best possible outcome for the individual in question and ensure decisions are made without any personal agenda or bias involved – this action is referred to as ‘fiduciary’.

A Metcalf May 2021

It’s finally over and we are out of the timeshare.

When I called in October last year and you answered the phone I was in a very bad place, having just realised I was being scammed again by J Foster Associates. You managed to calm me down and get my money back. I will not forget your calming voice that day and I will always be crateful to you for that. All the staff at Sara Waddington Solicitors have been excellent and the whole process has been smooth.

Mr B Davey

On behalf of my wife and myself, I would like to say a big thank you all at Sarah Waddington Solicitors who have helped us resolve our timeshare problem, you have put our minds at ease. I will not hesitate to recommend you should anybody who has a similar problem ask me in the future. Thanks again. Best Regards Mr B J Davey, Mrs J A Davey

Mr Terrence Webb

Former owner at Fortina Spa Resort, receiving over £14,000 in compensation. - "I was much relieved to be put in touch with you and I am just too impressed for words at the professionalism of the company."

P.A. Hobson

Thank you for your letter confirming the relinquishment of my timeshare. I was very pleased to receive it. I would like to thank you and your team for all your hard work, you made it very easy for me. All I had to do was be patient. So thank you very much and should anyone ask I will definitely recommend you.

Gary Semley

On a personal note today, after hearing the European Claim Centre (on the phone) call your company a 'scammer', today's conference came as further reassurance that we were absolutely with the right company. You may not realise it but your direct, and matter-of-fact 'bedside manner' left us in no doubt that we were under the care of very professional people (not that we should have needed any more reassurance).

Chris Roberton

Sarah gave excellent service and kept us informed in releasing us from Diamond Resorts points timeshare. Quite a relief to not have to pay those ever increasing maintenance fees. Thank you Sarah.

Mr and Mrs Andrews

When we got that final letter indicating that our membership with Diamond Resorts was now at an end it was such a relief. Financially it would have crippled us if we'd had to carry on paying the maintenance fees that were rising every year. When we took out our membership it was fine but everything went downhill after Diamond Resorts took over the business. It became a very expensive luxury which we could not afford and age and health became a problem. Diamond were very unhelpful when we tried to relinquish our membership and that was the reason why we turned to you for help. We would like to thank you for your help in this matter and we are more than happy with the representation and advice which you gave us.

Alan Clark

Sarah Waddington Solicitors has recently contested, and successfully won a flight compensation claim for me. I found them to be very friendly, helpful and extremely professional. The contact was minimal throughout with no hassle, and I was kept up to date with proceedings as things progressed. I received the full amount of compensation (although when I initially challenged the Airline myself they told me I wasn't entitled to anything!!) for which I am delighted. I would have no hesitation contacting Sarah Waddington again or recommending her to family, friends and colleagues.

Arman Mazlum

A first class service from an approachable yet highly professional practice. Dealt with my flight delay claim extremely swiftly and with minimal hassle. Much recommended.

Carol Walker

When the maintenance fees for our time share soared in price we decided to try and " get out of our contract" after much discussions we were told that it would be very difficult if not impossible eventually we were put in touch with Sarah and she said she could help. After many months of contact with the timeshare company Sarah was successful and our contract was cancelled. Sarah kept us informed every step of the way. So if you are looking to cancel your timeshare give Sarah a call I am sure she will give you excellent advice.

Colette Walton

When we were first told that Sarah Waddington Solicitors could terminate our contract with a points style timeshare company, we were concerned that it wasn't a legitimate claim, as we had been told by the timeshare company that it wasn't possible. However, Sarah Waddington's have managed to terminate our contract for us, for which we are very grateful. We were kept informed throughout the case, very politely and professionally. We would certainly recommend Sarah Waddington Solicitors to anyone who is having the same problems.

David Williams

I am very happy with the service and support Sarah has provide to me, in dealing with a complex case over the last 12 months. I would have no problems recommending Sarah to any of my friends. I have contacted other law firms in Leeds and found them pompous and arrogant, Sarah is not and works well those who have less or no legal knowledge. I would advise any new clients, Sarah is user friendly.

Paul Goodhall

Just received my cheque for over £600 for my Flight Delay claim which was handled by Sarah Waddington Solicitors. I had a flight delay with my family a few years ago and after coming across their website submitted my claim which was simple and stress free. They were able to get my compensation within a few months on a No Win No Fee basis, was well worth the wait and the fee and would highly recommend them to my friends and family which I have already done. The money will now go towards a much needed holiday for my family again and as much as the delay caused us to miss 3 hours of our holiday, to receive this money it goes a long way towards compensating us for the loss of the time and inconvenience. I now happily await the next 3 hour delay!!

Dr Pilkington

Thank you very much for your help on the Timeshare matter. I cannot tell you how relieved I am!

S Gerscher

It is indeed great news, my wife is highly delighted as there was the worry of anything had happened to me she would have struggled financially yo pay these fees. May I take this opportunity o thank you and your colleagues for making this possible.

Mr & Mrs Betchley

Thank you for all the work that you ad the team carried out for our Timeshare relinquishment.

Mrs & Mrs Laughton

Thanks to all the team at Sarah Waddington Solicitors for their expert assistance & work in bringing this Timeshare matter y a successful conclusion. I would recommend your Solicitors practice without reservation to others who may now have reached a stage in their life where circumstances are changing.

Mr & Mrs Allen

Many thank once again for all the work you have done to draw this Timeshare issue to a close. It is very much appreciated and a great relief.

Mr & Mrs Cumberauld

After seeking to free ourselves from the trauma of timeshare, pestered by organisations who wanted to “help”, but it felt like timeshare selling all over again! We then found the team at Sarah Waddington Solicitors. An incredible team that communicates frequently and they successfully steered us through to our relinquishment. What a result SWS has our deepest thanks.

Mr & Mrs Sides

Thank you so much for getting me out of my Timeshare contract and getting all my money back. Please accept my very sincere thanks for all your help and hard work on my behalf. I cannot begin to say how grateful I am.

Ms G Cope-Brown. 3/06/2019

“Thank you to the team at Sarah Waddington Solicitors for getting me out of my Timeshare. We were impressed with just how quick and easy it was”.

Ms Aerts, Berkshire. 13/6/2019

“I would like to thank Sarah Waddington Solicitors for dealing with my Holiday Sickness Claim on my behalf. I have now received the compensation that I was rightfully owed and I’m very grateful for all of their help”

Mr Rowley. 13/6/2019

“On behalf of Mrs Evans & I. We both thank you so very very much, for your determination & persistence in managing to resolve our claim against, Vuelling Airlines. Lisa, you have shown so much empathy & understanding to us both in this long fought battle & I hope your superiors appreciate that your a great asset to their firm!!!You have made to over 70s very happy & we shall recommend your firm to others, who have had similar unfortunate & stressful dealing with Airline Companies regarding similar flight cancellations. We shall now book another holiday but no flights with, Vuelling Airlines!!!'”.

Mr & Mrs Scullion, 14/6/2019

“Hello to all, just received the excellent news regarding our claim against Fuelling Airlines and would like to thank you for all your hard work and perseverance regards our claim excellent result”

Mrs Evans. 14/6/2019

I would like to thank everyone at Sarah Waddington especially John Hurley for Issuing proceedings and getting me out of the contract I had with Club la Costa. It's a relief to have that weight taken off me. I would recommend this business to anyone in my situation.

Ms Vail. 19/6/2019

Thank you for your call today letting us know we are out of our Timeshare, we are both so grateful for this piece of news. At this point, we are both looking forwards to finally thinking about 'living' again after the last four years or so of feeling like we'd completely wrecked the financial lives of our children as well as our own. Thanks to the persistence and sheer hard work of Sarah Waddington Solicitors it is now dawning on us that we can move on with our lives and we are eternally grateful to them for this.

Mr & Mrs Semley, Barnsley. 24/5/2019

Thank you to Sarah Waddingtons for their help terminating my timeshare contract- it is a great relief to have this finalised so that my daughter does not have to be bothered with it in the future

Ms Yellop. 29/7/2019

Thank you to Sarah Waddingtons for their help terminating my timeshare contract- it is a great relief to have this finalised so that my daughter does not have to be bothered with it in the future

Mr & Mrs Pask. 07/8/2019

We have today received a letter from Lena Karisson of Palm Oasis confirming our contract is cancelled. Hallelujah it has taken a lot of time and work to achieve. So thank you.

Ms Toone, Leicestershire. 28/8/2019

Thank you for getting me my compensation for my holiday sickness claim, such a relief. Please extend my thanks to Ornella and Alfie for bringing this to such a satisfactory conclusion.

Mr & Mrs Ramage 4/9/2019

We are delighted at the work carried out on our behalf, and our successful relinquishment of our timeshare by Sarah Waddington solicitors, and all so quick and pleasant. Mr Robert Adam was a joy to talk to and kept us informed throughout the process.

Mr & Mrs Jervis 10/9/2019

A big thank you to Sarah Waddington and her team for the hard work and unflappable, steady and reassuring professionalism throughout. Thanks to the team’s efforts and expertise we are finally released from our timeshare contract

Z Chaieb 21/10/2019

Richard Ricks is a knowledgeable, helpful, professional, understanding, and calm Barrister. He dealt with my case incredibly well, and got me the result I needed and wanted. I would highly recommend him to anybody in need of legal support.

T.G. & R.A. Booth. 21/10/2019

We are extremely grateful that Sarah Waddington Solicitors have managed to cancel our contract with Club la Costa. It has been like an albatross around our necks and it hasn't helped the health issues that we both have been suffering from for the last few years. It feels like a great weight has been lifted.

Mr and Mrs Byrne 27/9/2019

We have received today 27/9/2019 a letter from V C Lawson Legal Dept Diamond Resorts confirming our contract with them has been cancelled, it has taken 2 years and money to do it but we are finely FREE hooray!!!.Thank You for all the work you have done to get us and our family out of all this situation.

Contact Sarah Waddington Solicitors for Power of Attorney Advice

Speaking to a solicitor specialising in Powers of Attorney gives you the guidance, security and reassurance that your arrangement is in your best possible interests, and that you will be protected should the worst happen.

Contact us today to discuss your situation with one of our specialist power of attorney solicitors. It’s your life, so make sure that you’re in control of it with a Lasting Power of Attorney.


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