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Good afternoon, thank you very much for your question. There is no authority for a person with Power of Attorney for financial matters, to take control of other aspects of the person's life, such as their social visits. If the solicitor has Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare then that would be different and they would be able to supervise personal visits. I wonder why a busy solicitor would want to be involved on this level.
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On the basis that no one now has any access to anyone's bank accounts other than the solicitor I fail to see the reasoning behind this. The solicitor has surely removed all cards and cheques books and alerted the bank? So if you ask her to confirm that the accounts are now secure what then is the reason for supervising visits?
Or, perhaps 'numerous and constant annoying requests' for visits, especially in the lead upt to Christmas, may make her see that her input is unnecessary?
Hi, this is a difficult situation, is the lady is in care or at home? Are there carers or people doing her shopping?
I mean there are two distinct and separate forms of Lasting Power of Attorney.
1. LPA for property and finance - for house, bills, banks, investments.
2. LPA for Health and Welfare - entirely separate, this is her care, her GP, her social life, her end of life wishes. Everything personal that does not relate to property or finance.
You can always advise the lady in question that you will have no option but to let the Office of the Public Guardian know that she is somewhat overstepping the mark and that you are asking for their advice.
Good morning, have you explained all of this already to the solicitor so that she can see exacty what she is depriving them of? If you have and there is no relaxing of her attitude i suggest that you firstly make a complaint with the firm who will have a dedicated complaints' person.
Failing this you should then contact the SRA which is the Solicitors Regulatory Authority who will be able to take this up on your behalf as a complaint. Their website is https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/public/for-public-visitors/using-a-solicitor/complain-about-a-solicitor
The SRA will expect that you have first exhausted the internal complaints procedure with the firm.
Ok, there is a form that you can complete which asks if there are registered LPA's in place. It is an OPG100 and you can download it from their website.
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Oh dear what a shame. Have you told the solicitor the upset this is causing all round?
Ok, but it may be worth contacting the senior partner at the firm for assistance.
Oh I see, whereabouts are you?
Because usually that is the first question you are asked, matters vary between England and Wales, Scotland and Eire. I noted that you haven't been asked your location, that is all.