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Powers of Attorney Solicitors

At Ridley & Hall we think it is very important to make plans now for when you may not be able to manage your affairs due to mental or physical impairment.

Whilst you retain the ability to make decisions for yourself, you should consider very carefully choosing someone to look after your finances and/or your physical welfare in the event you cannot carry out these duties. You can appoint someone to deal with these aspects by choosing an attorney.

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What is an LPA (Lasting Power of Attorney)?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that grants someone the authority to make decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so due to illness or incapacity.

There are two types: one covering financial matters and another for health and welfare. It provides peace of mind by ensuring  that should you be unable to make those decisions for yourself, you have chosen the person or people that will make those decisions for you, offering crucial support during challenging times. Creating an LPA empowers you to plan for an uncertain future with confidence.

How can Ridley & Hall’s Lasting Power of Attorney Solicitors Help?

  1. Advising you about lasting powers of attorney and which may be appropriate to your circumstances.
  2. Discussing the requirements an attorney may need to meet and who may be an appropriate choice as an attorney for you.
  3. Drafting the necessary lasting power of attorney document for you, and ensuring it is signed correctly by all parties.
  4. Explaining to you the steps that need to be taken so your attorneys can commence acting under a lasting power of attorney for you.

Types of Lasting Powers of Attorney

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Our People

Thomas Grice

Head of Department,
Tom is a solicitor who joined Ridley & Hall in May 2021. Tom has joined Ridley & Hall from a multi discipline firm in Wakefield, having previously worked in Knaresborough and at a nationwide firm in Wakefield.  Previous to this Tom undertook his Law Degree at the University of Bradford and the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School, achieving a Distinction....

Hannah Pedley

Associate Solicitor
Hannah is an Affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is undergoing further qualification in pursuit of attaining her full membership and becoming a recognised Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP). She has handled a variety of different matters and the feedback received from clients has always been extremely positive....
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Chloe Aston

Chloe is a highly qualified lawyer with a passion for serving Wills & Probate clients. Building strong and lasting relationships with her clients is at the heart of her practice. She prioritises understanding their unique needs and providing tailored legal solutions with a friendly and professional manner....

Andrew Gullett

Andrew qualified as a Solicitor in 2001 and has specialised in older client law since 2005. He is delighted to have joined our Private Client Team in Huddersfield in October 2021, having previously worked at a small firm in Wakefield...

Deborah Kaye

Associate Solicitor
Deborah Kaye joined the firm’s Private Client Team in July 2019, to contribute to the growth of that department. She brings with her a wealth of experience, having worked in this area of the law for over 20 years. Deborah previously had strong connections in the Holme Valley where she practised for many years and has welcomed the opportunity to work again in Huddersfield, having spent a few years working for a large multi-discipline firm in Bradford most recently....

Ann Silver

Personal Assistant
Ann Silver is Personal Assistant to the firm’s Private Client Team. She joined Ridley & Hall in 1999 and over the years she has helped many hundreds of clients through the Will making process and supported many more through the distress of the death of a loved one and the Probate process...
Lucy Pickles

Lucy Pickles

Lucy initially joined Ridley & Hall in August 2018 as a Paralegal. Lucy has since completed her training contract and was admitted to the roll of solicitors in October 2021....

Victoria Jones

Victoria achieved a First Class M Law (Exempting) degree at Northumbria University. Whilst at university, Victoria was a student adviser at Northumbria University’s Student Law Office, providing detailed legal advice to members of the public under solicitor supervision. Prior to commencing her final year at University, Victoria completed a short internship working with a law firm in Singapore....
Sophie Aldridge

Sophie Aldridge

Trainee Solicitor
Sophie achieved a First-Class degree in Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2020, for which she also achieved the Criminology Award for the highest overall grade on the course. Following this, Sophie achieved a distinction on the Graduate Diploma in Law, was awarded the prize for the highest overall grade on the course, together with the prize for the highest grade in Property Law. Sophie is now studying the Legal Practice Course before training to become a solicitor....
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Holly Thurlbeck

Holly works in the private client team at Barnsley where she assists with Wills, Lasting powers of Attorneys and Estate administration....
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Yasmin Walker

Yasmin qualified as a solicitor in July 2023 and is now based in our Barnsley Office in Wills & Probate team....


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Frequently Asked Questions

Choose someone you really trust. They should understand what you want and be responsible enough to do it.

Yes, providing you have the mental capacity to do so, you can change your mind. Let us know if this is something that you are considering and the team at Ridley & Hall will be able to guide you through the process.

Before a Lasting Power of Attorney can be used it needs to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian, this is something that we will take care of for you at Ridley and Hall.  When your Attorneys can start making decisions is dependant on the type of Lasting Power of Attorney you have made and the choices your have made in the document.

If you or someone you know found themselves in this situation then someone would need to make a Deputyship Application to the Court of Protection.  This is a time-consuming and expensive process in which the Court decides who has the right to make decisions for someone.  This may not always be the person you would have chosen.