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Powers of Attorney

Powers of Attorney

There are a number of reasons why an individual (the donor) may require another or others (their attorney(s)) to act on their behalf. Such power can be given by the creation of a legal document known as a Power of Attorney.

Powers of attorney can be given temporarily and to cover specified circumstances (Ordinary Power of Attorney) or can be made for longer term arrangements, for example in circumstances where the donor lacks capacity to make decisions for themselves as a result of illness or accident (Lasting Power of Attorney).  

Lasting Powers of Attorney must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian and registration can take from 8 to 10 weeks.


Our experienced lawyers can:

  • Advise as to the appropriate form the Power of Attorney
  • Drafting all relevant terms to be incorporated in the document

We will assist by:

  • Understanding the details and circumstances of the objectives to be achieved
  • Guiding through any relevant form
  • Review any completed Power of Attorneys
  • Advising the best solutions
  • Collecting any relevant documents
  • Certifying competence
  • Witnessing oaths
  • Providing follow up support and services


DESCARTES SOLICITORS is recognised as one of the leading multi-practice firms in the UK. Our specialist Civil and Family team works closely individuals who wish to prepare powers of attorney.

For advice and assistance in respect of preparing a Power of Attorney please contact our lawyers on 02089953556/08445569901 or e-mail


For more information or if you are interested in booking a no-obligation, initial consultation, please contact us on 0208 995 3556 or email us at

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