General Powers of Attorney Alex Truesdale Wills In Cobham Surrey

General Powers Of Attorney

General Powers of Attorney allow you to delegate the management of all or some of your financial or business affairs to a trusted individual should location, convenience or logistics require.

Alex Truesdale Wills Limited: A professional Will writing and estate planning service based in Cobham, Surrey and serving clients throughout Greater London, Surrey, West Sussex, Hampshire and nationwide.

Call: 07887 946557 to discuss making General Powers of Attorney and your wider estate planning needs.

General Powers Of Attorney Information

General Powers of Attorney allow you to delegate the management of all or some of your financial or business affairs to a trusted individual should location, convenience or logistics require.

Alex Truesdale Wills Limited: A professional Will writing and estate planning service based in Cobham, Surrey and serving clients throughout Greater London, Surrey, West Sussex, Hampshire and nationwide.

Call: 07887 946557 to discuss making General Powers of Attorney and your wider estate planning needs.

Our clients’ experiences of self-isolation during the COVID-19 lockdowns of 2020-2021 have shown that General Powers of Attorney (“GPAs”), whilst coming to an end should the donor lose mental capacity, are useful where the donor is self-isolating or otherwise logistically unable to carry out the management of their financial or business affairs.

In certain situations outside of lockdown, it may be prudent to make a GPA whilst waiting for business and/or personal LPAs to be registered at the OPG; we will be able to advise accordingly based on your personal and business circumstances.

A GPA is normally created where the donor wishes to appoint someone else to act on their behalf – for example, whilst they are out of the country, in isolation, or in hospital.

GPAs terminate on the donor’s loss of mental capacity and it is only Lasting Powers of Attorney which can be used in these circumstances. LPAs MUST be created whilst the donor has capacity.

A GPA can be either general or limited to specific affairs – for example, the sale or the purchase of a single property. At its widest, a GPA in terms of Section 10 of the Powers of Attorney Act 1971 gives the appointed Attorney(s) almost unlimited power over the donor’s affairs and should therefore be used with great caution.

Multiple attorneys can be permitted to exercise their authority in two ways:

  • Jointly and severally: any of the Attorneys can perform any action on behalf of the donor individually.
  • Jointly: every one of the Attorneys must perform the act together on behalf of the donor.

You might be happy for one Attorney to be able to act for you in paying a utility bill, for example, but not on the sale of your property.

GPAs need not be registered and will usually end either on a specified date (possibly the date on which a Lasting Power of Attorney is registered) or where expressly revoked by executing a Deed of Revocation. GPAs can only be used for decisions relating to your property and financial affairs and cannot be used to authorise someone to make decisions concerning your personal welfare and healthcare.

Alex Truesdale Wills Limited is currently offering complimentary Advance Decisions and GPAs to every client for whom we are preparing Lasting Powers of Attorney to ensure they are covered to the greatest extent possible during the COVID-extended OPG registration process. Please call 07887 946557 for further details.

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Client Testimonials

“I have known Alex Truesdale for over 6 years, during which time she prepared Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney for my sisters and assisted us in the administration of my sister Elizabeth’s estate after her death in 2018.  I testify to her attention to detail, her knowledge and experience in her work and the warmth of her communications whether by letter, by telephone or in person.  She responds to us quickly and we have full confidence in what she does on our behalf and on her advice on various aspects. She has a good network of people when particular advice is needed beyond her field of expertise or training.  She became a friend to us as a family.  I gladly recommend her services to others.”  
KH, July 2020
“The support Alex gave me and my husband after our Wills and LPAs were finalised was second to none especially as he was diagnosed with a terminal illness a few months later. This ongoing support, advice and bringing in other specialists to assist was outstanding and I felt that we were in very good hands and would continue to be when the inevitable happened. After my husband died, the comfort of knowing all was in order with the Wills was a great relief and her help in the immediate aftermath was much appreciated. It wasn’t just the professionalism but the genuine concern for my situation and that of the family. Alex then continued to guide me through the process and through some pretty complicated issues relating to the estate administration. She always responded to my copious emails and phone calls with clarity, efficiency and care. The whole process was dealt with in a timely manner and to a very high standard and I felt that I was being looked after like one of her own family. I can’t recommend Alex highly enough - a very talented professional dedicated to her work with a heart of gold.”
JD, July 2020
“After many years putting off writing my Will I finally entrusted Alex Truesdale with the task of compiling it for me and my family. My main wish was to pass my estate on to my son, and have guardianship put in place, should the worst happen before he came of age. Alex guided us through the difficult and emotional process with the utmost professionalism and put us at ease from the outset. She was able to address all of the issues we put to her and brought up many we had not considered regarding our estate. “As we were about to travel abroad, we were also on a very tight schedule for the wills to be drawn up and signed. Alex went above and beyond to make sure everything was in place for us in the allotted time, even to the point of being personally on hand to instruct ourselves and our witnesses during the signing procedure. “In using Alex Truesdale Wills, we now feel totally secure if the worst should happen our affairs are in order. We will be continuing to draw on her knowledge as and when our wills need updating in the future and are delighted to recommend her first class service.”
BW, May 2018
“Alex arranged an appointment for my husband and I to update our Wills in view of a change in family circumstances.  She was organised, efficient and extremely sensitive to our needs. We discussed advance directives and lasting powers of attorney in-depth – things we had only considered in vague terms previously but realised how intelligent it was to sort them out early. “I cannot fault Alex’s professionalism and caring attitude, and will be recommending her service to my friends and colleagues.”
SM, September 2019
"Thank you again for helping me sort out all our Wills and the funeral plan for my godmother. I cannot believe how timely that was bearing in mind today’s situation. Only good news from her care home so far, but to know that resources are there to help the staff directly if the worst happens certainly gives me peace of mind."
SC , May 2020
"We would like to thank you for your professional help in getting us to a point of having signed Wills after many years of procrastination. Not only that your advice gave us the impetus to arrange a Civil Partnership and we now feel that we have got at least some of our affairs in order in these worrying times."
KB, September 2020
"Very clear explanation of what the options and implications were for us. It was also good to have someone focused on the end result we had to get to, as it's very easy on your own to leave to another day."
EM, September 2018

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