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Choosing an attorney

The role of an attorney involves a great deal of power and responsibility so it’s important that you trust the person you choose.

Think carefully about who you believe would be able to carry out the role and make decisions in your best interests. Give the person you ask time to think about the role, to make sure that they are making the right decision.

Your attorney could be a family member, a friend, your spouse, partner or civil partner. Alternatively, they could be a professional, such as a solicitor.

Your attorney can claim back any expenses they incur as a result of their role as your attorney – postage, travel costs or photocopying costs, for example. They can claim these from your money, keeping an account of any expenses and relevant receipts. However, they can't claim for time spent carrying out their duties unless they are a professional attorney, such as a solicitor, who will charge fees.

What is a joint attorney?

You can appoint any number of attorneys in the same lasting power of attorney. You need to decide whether the attorneys should act:

  • jointly - meaning they work together on all matters
  • jointly and severally - where they may act together or separately, as they choose.

You can specify in the lasting power of attorney that the attorneys must act jointly for specific decisions, such as selling a house, and jointly and severally for all other decisions.

Further information


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