Powers of Attorney

When people receive the difficult news of a diagnosis of a life changing illness, many worry about who will be able to manage their affairs both personal and financial in the future. 

Others recognise that for no other reason but old age, a time may come in the future when they will no longer be able to make their own decisions. 

For all concerned, the appointment of a Power of Attorney can give certainty and peace of mind to all as to their intentions. Equally important, it can avoid conflicts and misunderstandings  arising in the future.

Richard Holt can advise and support throughout the process to help give effect to the important decisions to be taken.

Deputyship Applications

What if someone close to you suffers a life changing injury and loses their mental capacity to make decisions either personal or financial? In those circumstances the person concerned will not have the necessary legal capacity to appoint a Power of Attorney to support them.

Instead, an application will need to be made to the Court of Protection for a Deputyship to be appointed to make both financial and personal decisions on behalf of the person concerned. At what may be a very distressing time for all, the sensitive and empathetic approach of Richard Holt can help guide you through the necessary procedure and reduce any further stress and anxiety caused.

 

In certain matters, we act on a fixed fee basis. These circumstances are as follows:

Lasting Powers of Attorney Fee (+VAT)

Couple 1 LPA                         £550 each

Couple 2 LPAs                       £750 each

Single person 1 LPA              £350

Single person 2 LPAs             £550

 

Appointment of a Deputy by application to Court of Protection       £950 (+ VAT)

 

All other work is charged on an hourly rate basis as set out below.

 

Hourly Rate Probate Services

Our charges will be calculated mainly by reference to the time spent by me and other solicitors and executive staff dealing with this matter.  This includes advising, attending on you and others, dealing with papers, correspondence, telephone calls, emails, travelling and waiting time.  A list of this firm’s categories of staff and our hourly charge rates and the rates for routine letters and telephone calls are as follows:-

Solicitors with over eight years post qualification experience including at least 8 years litigation experience: £201.00

Solicitors and legal executives with over four years post qualification experience including at least 4 years litigation experience: £177.00

Other solicitors and legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience: £146.00

Trainee solicitors, paralegals and fee earners of equivalent experience: £111.00

Routine letters and emails that we write, and routine telephone calls that we make and receive will be charged as units of 1/10 of an hour. Other letters and calls will be charged on a time basis.

For further information or to make an appointment get in touch with Gill Hall