Personal Life

Powers of Attorney - FAQS

What types of LPA are available to me?

There are two different types of Lasting Power of Attorney:

Financial Decisions

This deals only with decisions relating to your property and financial affairs and could include operating a bank account, making investment decisions, signing tax returns and buying and selling property.

Health and Care Decisions

This deals with decisions relating to your health and personal matters, and can only be used if and when you lose the ability to make these decisions yourself. This may include decisions about where you should live and who you should live with, arrangements for medical, dental or optical treatment and your day to day care. Most importantly, you can also give your attorneys the right to give or refuse consent to life sustaining treatment on your behalf.

Is a Lasting Power of Attorney the same as Enduring Power of Attorney?

Lasting Power of Attorney replaced the Enduring Power of Attorney (‘EPA’) Act in 2007. Whilst still valid, registration of Enduring Power of Attorney will be needed if you lose the mental or physical capability to make decisions yourself.

Our specialist team can talk to you about your options and the process of registering your EPA.

Why do I need a Solicitor?

At Mowbray Woodwards we understand that using a solicitor can be a daunting prospect so we try to make the process as easy and straightforward as possible. There are several legal services you can arrange yourself without the support of a solicitor and if we feel that this is more appropriate for you, then we will say so. However, we know from experience that some legal matters are best dealt with in partnership with an expert. We have a team of lawyers with a broad range of experience and specialist knowledge who are here to offer advice and support, tailored to your individual needs.

People are usually looking for legal advice at key moments in life such as buying a property, ending a relationship or planning for the future, and that is why it is so important to work with someone you trust to achieve the best possible outcome.

Can you give me an upfront quote?

We deal with many clients on a range of legal matters so we know from experience that each client has a different set of circumstances. Costs vary due to the level of complexity of the matter.  We strive to be transparent about our costs and will always discuss costs with you at our initial meeting.

Why do you charge for the first appointment?

From years of experience we know that half an hour is not sufficient to offer substantial advice.  

We are always happy to have a conversation on the phone or by email to establish how we can help you and give you an accurate indication of the costs involved. For some of our services we offer an initial consultation for a fixed fee. This arrangement may not be suitable in all cases, but we will confirm this when you make your first appointment. 

If you have any further questions please contact us on 01225 485700 or email