Powers of Attorney

Anyone aged 18 or older who has the mental ability to make decisions for themselves can arrange for someone else to make these decisions and carry out transactions for them. This legal authority is called a 'power of attorney'.

Powers of attorney are very useful in circumstances where it is impractical for you to carry out transactions yourself, for example if you are selling a property but are planning on spending an extended period abroad. In such circumstances, having a power of attorney can help make a transaction happen more smoothly and efficiently.

Powers of attorney can either be specific to a certain transaction or general so that all your property can be dealt with by your nominated person or people. However, if once you make a power of attorney you lose your mental capacity, the power of attorney is automatically revoked.

If you wish to have someone who can make decisions on your behalf even after you have lost your mental capacity, you should consider creating a Lasting Power of Attorney.

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