Power of Attorney Templates
Creating a Power of Attorney is easy with our range of UK solicitor drafted power of attorney templates. We have all the variations of this popular document that are commonly required so that you can download your template and complete it in minutes.
Power of Attorney
A power of attorney can be used to give authority to another person or company, to act on your behalf in certain matters and under certain circumstances. One of the most common situations where a power of attorney is created is when preparing a Will. When planning for the future, it is sensible to make provision in this way for the management of your affairs if you become seriously ill or injured.
Power of Attorney UK Templates
Power of attorney forms are required by businesses in order to appoint an individual or company as their attorney for the purpose of fulfilling certain commercial functions. For example, a landlord may use a power of attorney form to grant their letting agent the authority to enter into agreements with tenants directly on their behalf. All of our documents meet the legal requirements of the laws of England and Wales. Different rules apply in Scotland so be careful when referring to a UK power of attorney as the rules in Scotland are slightly different. If you are a UK resident based in Scotland, we recommend that your power of attorney document is reviewed by a Solicitor if you purchase it online.
You will find that there is a difference in the wording used in the different power of attorney documents. In England and Wales we refer to the person bestowing the power to another as the “donor”. The person receiving the power of attorney is known as the “attorney”.
Ordinary Power of Attorney
The ordinary power of attorney, also called a general power of attorney, is used if you need to appoint someone to oversee your affairs or an aspect of your affairs for a short period of time or for a one-off function. For example, you may be going out of the country or temporarily unable to handle your personal affairs and need to appoint a trusted person such as a friend or relative to manage them on your behalf whilst you are away. An ordinary power of attorney can be cancelled at any time using a deed of revocation.
Lasting Power of Attorney
A lasting power of attorney, previously called an enduring power of attorney, provides the right to appoint an attorney to handle property, finances and welfare matters when the donor is no longer able to do this. This type of power of attorney usually applies to a person unable to manage their affairs or where circumstances are such that long term incapacity is expected.
A lasting power of attorney can be put in place to grant authority to undertake all tasks generally or to cover specific tasks. Once a lasting power of attorney has been put in place it must be registered at the Office of the Public Guardian in order to be valid.