1. kirst

    kirst Registered User

    Jul 9, 2007
    22
    east riding
    hi i know i have not spelt it right but is there any way you can get power of atterney done with out having to pay for it my mum is having problems with my dads private pension it was not paid this month but if she rings them they insist on talking to my dad who is in a home now even if he wasnt he doesnt remember his address etc any way my mum went months ago to a solictors but it going to cost 150 pounds which is has not got
     
  2. Skye

    Skye Registered User

    Aug 29, 2006
    17,000
    SW Scotland
    Hi Kirst

    I think your best bet would be to ring the AS helpline for advice. The number is

    0845 300 0336

    There could be a problem with your dad granting POA to your mum. He has to understand what he is signing, otherwise it's not valid.

    I hope you manage to get the pension sorted -- perhaps a solicitor could help?

    Love,
     
  3. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,429
    If he does understand enough (or has good periods when he does) you can download the forms from the Public Guardianship website (assuming you're in Enland or Wales). Make sure you get the correct one Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) - form to make an EPA (about half way down the page). http://www.guardianship.gov.uk/formsdocuments/forms.htm

    I would do this PROVIDED there is no one else who might subsequently make a stink about it. If, however, you have siblings for example who might take issue with the whole thing I would be very cautious. Another thing to consider is would the private company accept some form of third party authorization to talk to your mother? State pension will: I don't see why a private company should be any different (although they've got themselves so wrapped up in privacy issues they may be more difficult).
     
  4. sue38

    sue38 Registered User

    Mar 6, 2007
    10,856
    Wigan, Lancs
    Hi Kirst,

    If you ring around several solicitors, I'm sure you'll get a cheaper quote.
     
  5. lizzie2596

    lizzie2596 Registered User

    Jul 3, 2007
    91
    Hi Kirst

    I am in the process of registering my Mum's POA. We had it drawn up by a solicitor about 6 months ago, which cost £75 + vat. There is also a charge of about £120 to register it but I claimed an exemption for Mum because she has less that £12 500.
    Hope that gives you a bit more to go on.

    Liz x
     
  6. Margaret W

    Margaret W Registered User

    Apr 28, 2007
    3,725
    North Derbyshire
    Epa

    Getting the original EPA done is stage 1. You can download the form from the Public Guardianship Office, but in order to complete it your dad has to know what he is signing for. You could explain it to him as "It is in case you can't manage your own money and we have to do it for you", and if you say this in front of a doctor or similar, this should be okay, if the doctor thinks he understands. Cos actually that is all an Enduring Power of Attorney does, enables someone to manage their money for them. I don't know what a doctor would charge for this, or maybe a solicitor would do as well. No idea what the cost is, but it shouldn't be a lot. I'd expect about £20, unless you had to get the solicitor to come out to do it.

    The next stage is registering the EPA. You might not need to do this. Most banks and other institutions will accept seeing the original EPA form, or perhaps a copy, certified by a solicitor (probably costing £7 per copy) even before it is registered. You only need to register the EPA if you need to sell your dad's house, or sell shares in his name, or something quite serious. Then you have to get the POA registered, which unfortunately does cost £120, though you can apply to have this waived if dad has no capital. But it begs the question, if he has no capital, why do you need to register it at all?

    One bit of advice. Do not part with the EPA form without taking copies. The Court of Protection lost ours, and despite telling us that they scanned all documents on arrival at the office, they hadn't scanned ours. Fortunately they eventually found the original. Once it is registered do the same - take copies.

    Good luck!

    Margaret
     
  7. Margaret W

    Margaret W Registered User

    Apr 28, 2007
    3,725
    North Derbyshire
    Epa

    I forgot to say, Help the Aged are great at advising on such matters.

    Luv

    Margaret
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.