How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask JGM Your Own Question
JGM, Solicitor
Category: Law
Satisfied Customers: 12176
Experience:  30 years as a practising solicitor.
Type Your Law Question Here...
JGM is online now

I have organised for a solicitor to apply for a power of

Customer Question

I have organised for a solicitor to apply for a power of attorney (for both health, welfare and property, finance) for my father. My father is considered their client but I have been the liaison.
The powers of attorney have been registered but the solicitor refuses (as she has said that she has been instructed by my father) to send the original powers of attorney to the nominated attorneys. In fact we have been told that we will receive a certified copy and each time we need another we have to ask her.
I asked my father about this and he really doesn't understand everything and just tells me to get on with it and that I should be at each meeting he has with the solicitor. This is difficult as the solicitor didn't tell me that she was going to see my father at the care home so I didn't know she was going to get him to sign a letter confirming this instruction.
Is this normal ? Is it right that a solicitor can manipulate someone to signing an instruction which seems somewhat contrary to the actual request to grant power of attorney to his children ?
Thank you for reverting.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  JGM replied 1 year ago.

It would be very unusual for the original signed power of attorney to be sent to the attorneys. In any event banks and other institutions will only accept one that has been registered and properly certified (printed from the online system) so the solicitor is not doing anything unusual or wrong here other than perhaps not explaining things properly to you.