Lasting Powers of Attorneys

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) gives another person or persons (known as your “attorney(s)”) the authority to act for you if you are unable to do so yourself. That authority continues even if you lose the mental capacity to make decisions for yourself. If you do not have an LPA in place and you lose mental capacity, it will be necessary for someone to make an expensive and time consuming application to the court in order to act on your behalf. This can take several months.

The Gabbs team will take you through the process, discussing both Property and Finance and Health and Welfare LPAs, assisting you with choosing the correct people to act as attorneys and replacement attorneys and dealing with the registration with the Office of the Public Guardian.

Below is our useful Guide for making LPAs, should you be unsure as to whether you wish to make one. If you would like a hard copy, please contact any of our offices and we would be happy to provide this.

Our Experts

Carolyn Theobald
Director, Solicitor

Carolyn Theobald joined us in May 2007 and operates out of our Hay office. She studied law at Exeter University and at the College of Law in Chester before embarking on her legal career in Lincoln's Inn in 1976.

Sarah Charlesworth

Sarah joined Gabbs as a receptionist in our Leominster office in July 2018, having just graduated with a first class law degree from Bangor University. She undertook her LPC with the University of Law in Birmingham, completing this in 2020.

Navdeep Kaur

Nav is a Solicitor based in our Hereford Office. She deals with Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Administration of Estates, and Court of Protection matters.

Fiona Davies

Born and educated in Shrewsbury Shropshire, Fiona studied a law and French degree at Keele University Staffordshire.  Fiona lived and worked in France and Canada before moving to Herefordshire.

Nikki Doherty

Nikki started her legal career in 2001 as an Office Junior and now has 22 years’ experience in legal firms. Nikki qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2013 and was admitted as a Solicitor in 2017. Nikki’s experience, qualifications and passion is merged in Private Client work. Nikki drafts Wills, administers Estates, implements, and registers Powers of Attorney, advises on tax, deals with Court of Protection cases for vulnerable adults and assists with contentious probate actions. Outside of work, Nikki is a keen triathlete and trail runner.

Jonathan Skilbeck

Jonathan is a Man of Kent, and following his education at Kent College in Canterbury, graduated from Exeter University with a degree in History and thereafter from the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage with a Master’s degree in Heritage Management.