General Power of Attorney
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General Power of Attorney
A General Power of Attorney can be used to make sure that you and your family are taken care of in the event of an accident or other situation affecting your ability to manage your own affairs. The General Power of Attorney is a document that appoints an attorney to act on your behalf in relation to general activities such as personal and/or financial matters on the occurence of certain events.
For example, you may just be out of the country for several months and need someone to monitor your affairs in the meantime. Or, it could be that you are becoming ill with a disease and you need someone to help you if you are declared unable to handle your affairs in the future. The Power of Attorney does not actually have to be given to a legally qualified attorney, the Attorney can be a close friend or relative. Ultimately, the Attorney you appoint must be someone that you trust completely and believe is competent to deal with your affairs appropriately.
Once a Power of Attorney has been put in place, it can be terminated at any time using a Deed of Revocation of Power of Attorney. You can choose to appoint an Attorney generally to act on your behalf. In this situation, the Attorney will have the authority to manage all and any of your affairs. Alternatively, you can choose to grant your Attorney authority to undertake only specific tasks on your behalf, such as renewing your car insurance premium or managing a specific bank account, for example. A General Power of Attorney is most often used by an individual who will be away travelling for a period of time or by individuals whose mobility is affected and wish to appoint someone who can do things on their behalf.
A General Power of Attorney will become automatically void in the event that you lose your mental capabilities. Accordingly, a General Power of Attorney is often not suitable for managing the affairs of the elderly or mentally ill. For such individuals, a Lasting Power of Attorney should be used, which continues to be valid once a person loses their full mental abilities, provided that it is registered with the Court of Protection. If you are declared mentally incompetent, you would first have to be declared competent again before you can sign a Deed of Revocation to retain control of your affairs.
Using our General Power of Attorney Template
The General Power of Attorney offered on this site is a document template. The template has been designed to protect your legal rights when you need to hand over control of your affairs to another. You are able to customise the document whilst being assured of compliance with the laws of England and Wales. The document available for download has been written by a qualified Solicitor to ensure that your rights are properly protected.
You can edit the document when you need to save the document to your computer so that you can re-use it whenever you have the need.
Clauses in Our General Power of Attorney Template
The General Power of Attorney is often a standard agreement but you can create a more specific, tailored document using our customisable template. The template is useful for long term and short term appointments of powers of attorney.
When drafting a General Power of Attorney, it is also a good idea to put in place a Will at the same time, if you do not already have one. Our Wills section contains templates for a Single Will, Joint Will, Living Will and Codicil, along with information about each document.
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