Welcome to PSCS Lasting Power of Attorney Service
We support people to set up Lasting Powers of Attorney including application, witness, signatory and registration processes. This LPA document enables you to nominate people to make decisions on your behalf if you can not due to ill health or memory difficulties.
As Social Workers, we have worked for a number of Social Services departments so we know how they operate. With this background in Adult Social Care:
We are able to give far more in-depth advice on health and care issues than solicitors at a fraction of the cost many of them charge.
We can undertake home visits at your convenience.
Call us on 01752 406353 or 07594 560011 for a Free, no-obligation chat about your circumstances.
Without an LPA in place, others may find it very difficult managing your financial and property affairs, or making decisions about your health and care, should you ever become mentally incapacitated (unable to absorb, retain, weigh up and communicate information to make decisions). Those who you need to act on your behalf may then encounter ‘red tape’ and have to pay considerably more to apply to the court for deputyship (And annually thereafter for administration) or rely on a professional best interest decision you may not have agreed with.
An LPA is so much cheaper, and less hassle if you put it in place in advance so you can nominate people who know you best to be your decision-maker(s) in such an event.
We also assist you to make an Advance Directive (Living Will) about what sort of life-sustaining medical treatments you would want to continue or refuse, should you lose capacity in the future and have a serious illness.
Why set up Lasting Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives?
Most people think about writing Wills but too few people write down what they want to happen if they become incapable of making decisions for themselves whilst still alive.
For example, if they were to lose 'Mental Capacity' due to an accident, poor health or old age caused by:
Mental health problems
For peace of mind, you should make Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) to nominate someone NOW whom you trust to make important decisions on your behalf in the future if and when you can not. For example:
Did you know that a joint building society or bank account may be frozen or restrictions imposed if ONE of the account holders is deemed to lack mental capacity and there is no LPA in place?
Did you know that you may not be able to live where you had planned, such as being uprooted from your home to a residential home, in unfamiliar surroundings, if this is what others deem is in your 'best interest' to keep you safe? Did you know that you may be given life-sustaining treatment that you might otherwise choose not to receive if you have not made clear your decisions before losing mental capacity?
Uncertainty can be avoided if the correct Lasting Power of Attorney' (LPA) is in place so that others are clear of your decisions and preferences. This legal document enables you to nominate a person(s) to make decisions on your behalf if and when you no longer have the mental capacity to do so for yourself.
With the help of the PSCS Lasting Power of Attorney Service, our Social Work qualified and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered staff will help you prepare and register the right decisions for your Lasting Power of Attorney to follow. We can also advise you on Social Care options and sources of further help so you are prepared for such events.
Our services: reliable and tailor made
The PSCS Lasting Power of Attorney(LPA) Service will:
Draw up and prepare your Property and Financial Affairs LPA,
Draw up and prepare your health and Welfare LPA.
Prepare and submit the registration documents to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) If you wish to do this at the same time.
The complete service will take you through the whole process and includes the following:
• Discussing and advising on choosing the right attorneys and replacement attorneys.
• Advice on the powers to grant your attorney.
• Advice on how the powers should be exercised e.g. jointly or individually.
• Advice on suitable guidance to express your preferences to your attorney(s).
• Taking full instructions to complete the LPA forms.
• Completion of the LPA form ready for signing.
• Supervising the signing and formally witnessing the procedure.
• Acting as a skillied Certificate Provider (by a qualified & registered Social Worker).
• Arranging for attorney's agreement to act and the signing of their part of the LPA.
• Checking that the attorney’s form is properly witnessed.
• Sending the LPA form to the OPG for registration (with your registration fee)
• Informing the ‘Persons to be Notified’ of their ‘appointment’
• Dealing with any admin issues along the way until the LPA is validated.
If for any reason the LPA is rejected on first submission, (usually if the court needs you to clarify a decision / specific restriction) the LPA procedure will be repeated and the resubmission fee paid by us so you have no risk of extra expense.
We'll be pleased to provide you with more details about our LPA services.