Contact Us

Power of Attorney

We’re often asked if it’s possible for family or friends to take over the financial affairs of a loved one who is ill, away from home or incapacitated.

And we answer:- it is - but only if you have a Power of Attorney!

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”)?

It’s a document by which you choose one person, or more, to stand in your shoes and deal with the outside world on your behalf.  You are the Donor and the person whom you appoint is your Attorney.

You can only enter into an LPA if you have full mental capacity.

There are two types of LPA:

Property and Financial Affairs

This allows your Attorney(s) to deal with your financial affairs as though they were you.  They can buy things, transfer money and sell your property if it is in your best interests to do so.

Health and Welfare

This allows your chosen Attorney(s) to make decisions about the medical treatment you should receive if you are unable to give instructions yourself, and to make decisions about your welfare such as whether you should live in a residential care home.

By making an LPA (of either kind) you are giving away a lot of power – but you needn’t worry; you can ensure that you are well protected.

Firstly – an LPA (of either kind) cannot be used at all unless the Attorney holds the original document.  If you wish, we can keep the original document in our safekeeping (there’s no charge for this – it’s all part of the service) so that you have peace of mind.  We’ll only release it to the Attorney upon your order or if we are satisfied that you have lost the mental capacity to deal with your own affairs.

Secondly, an LPA (of either kind) can only be used if it has been registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (“OPG”).  You can prepare and sign the document and delay having it registered until it is needed.

Thirdly, you can, in the document itself, limit what your Attorney(s) can do.

Really, everyone – however young – owes it to their family and loved ones to make both types of Lasting Power of Attorney:- because, if an unexpected event strikes, having these documents will relieve both you and them of real financial and emotional worry.

Contact us to discuss making a Power of Attorney and ask for a fixed quote.

What will we do for you?

  1. First, we’ll listen.
  2. Then we’ll ask questions.
  3. Then we’ll advise.
  4. And then we’ll do what you ask us...
    quickly, simply and at the cost we’ve agreed.

Contact us by phone or email whenever you are ready.

Everyone was excellent.

Case Ref. Z98/1

A big thank you to Luke Taylor, for all his hard work regarding my late mother's estate, well done.

Case Ref. R2046/2

Luke Taylor was very efficient, prompt & helpful from start to finish dealing with our enquiries.

Case Ref. M3537/2

Luke Taylor's explanation was excellent. Thanks to all your staff they were all very attentive. Excellent.

Case Ref. D1951/1

Mr Luke Taylor gave helpful advice in preparing and updating our Wills.

Case Ref. F1390/1

Emma Warner has a great deal of knowledge in her field of expertise and showed empathy after the death of my mum which I appreciated, Emma is a credit to your firm. I will be recommending Woodford Stauffer to others looking for help.

Case Ref. B3760/1

Emma Warner was a delight and incredibly helpful and patient!

Case Ref. L1851/1

We were totally satisfied with all aspects of our dealings with Luke Taylor.

Case Ref. C3394/1

We wish to thank Mr Luke Taylor for his very professional and excellent assistant.

Case Ref. C3405/1

Mr Luke Taylor, thank you very much for your excellent service.

Case Ref. B3934/1

Luke Taylor offered very useful advice regarding inheritance matters.

Case Ref. H268/4

Emma Warner really helped with my Will

Case Ref. S3810/1

You have always given us an excellent service. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and all the staff at Woodford Stauffer for giving us peace of mind when dealing with Wills, and house buying etc.

Case Ref. C574/3

I found Mr Luke Taylor extremely helpful, and I am very grateful to him and to your firm. With my thanks.

Case Ref. C3309/1

Luke and his team always provided excellent service, they were friendly and approachable and met all our needs.

Case Ref. L1771/2

Luke was particularly helpful and managed us all through a somewhat complex process really well.

Case Ref. L1763/1

Luke - prompt and efficient.

Case Ref. S3677/1

Emma Warner has been excellent throughout making home visits for my husband's Will and then providing advice regarding obtaining Probate. Always professional and efficient.

Case Ref. G2371/1

We have had a lot of dealings with Luke over the last two years and always find him to be courteous and very professional. The lady on reception is always very pleasant.

Case Ref. L1750/1

Mr Luke Taylor and staff and your reception staff are very helpful on the phone and when you visit the office.

Case Ref. H3249/1

Everyone was very friendly and professional and especially understanding with my elderly mother.

Case Ref. W2944/1

Luke Taylor provided clear and concise detail at all times and good advice - without waffle! Thank you for your good service.

Case Ref. N290/3

Luke Taylor was at all times very friendly, explained things very clearly and fully answered all of our queries. All staff that we saw were friendly and helpful.

Case Ref. C1907/2

Emma Warner and Sally Digweed were both excellent. Both ladies have been professional and helpful in a very stressful time. A big thank you to both ladies.

Case Ref. B3745/1

Emma Warner helped me to the car park and was extremely helpful and kind.

Case Ref. H3264/1

Emma Warner was very kind and explained my will thoroughly as I had not done one before.

Case Ref. M3011/4

Luke Taylor - Always pleasant and helpful.

Case Ref. M36/4

Luke Taylor - A very friendly manner and makes everything easy to understand.

Case Ref. C2696/3

My thanks to Emma Warner for a fast efficient service. I am more than happy to recommend you to my friends .

Case Ref. G2340/1

Our Wills, Trusts and Probate team

Luke Taylor

Solicitor

Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate

Luke Taylor

Direct Dial:01252 550 428

Email Luke Taylor

Luke qualified as a Solicitor in 2000 and has been a Partner since 2013.

He is head of the Wills, Trusts and Probate Department and is STEP qualified.

Luke has a particular interest in acting for the elderly as advisor or attorney, administering their financial affairs and tax planning, and in setting up and administering Trusts for the disabled.

Emma Warner

Wills, Trusts and Probate Executive

Emma Warner

Direct Dial:01252 550436

Email Emma Warner

Emma has been a Private Client Executive since 2012, specialising in Wills, Probate and Court of Protection matters. She works closely with Luke Taylor.