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Who Do You Trust To Make Your Decisions?

There may come a time when you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself due to an unforeseen illness or medical condition, making a Lasting Power of Attorney can give you peace of mind if such a circumstance arises.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney and why should I make one?

Lasting Powers of Attorney used to be known as an Enduring Power of Attorney.

These are documents that allow you to legally name a trusted person that you appoint to make decisions to act on your behalf only when you are unable to do so at any time in the future.

A time can come very quickly where any of us are unable to make decisions for ourself or our finances and this could be due to illness, such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s, any mental health issues, medical treatment or a number of other illnesses or disabilities.

By making a Lasting Power of Attorney it means that in the event of you not being able to make decisions, the person you appoint that you know you can trust will be able to make decisions on your behalf.

You must make a Lasting Power of Attorney whilst you are well, fit and able to do so.

If you do not make a Lasting Power of Attorney and then you become incapable of making decisions you leave a terrible problem for your loved ones to resolve.

Your next of kin will have to apply to the Court for permission to help you with your affairs. The cost of this is very expensive, time-consuming and a frustrating process.

That process is completely avoidable if you take action today.

Types of Lasting Powers of Attorney

i. Property and Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney. This document will enable you to appoint a trusted person to deal with any property and/or money you may have and allows your Attorney to deal with decisions like selling a property, dealing with bank or building society accounts, dealing with Department of Work and Pensions for any benefits or pensions, dealing with tax issues or any debts.

ii. Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney. This document allows you to name a trusted person to make decisions on your behalf relating to more personal decisions such as where you live, are you well enough to remain at home, do you need to live in a care home, how will this be funded? Your healthcare treatment and medical decisions. There are lots of things to consider.

You can make either of these Lasting Powers of Attorney or both. Please call us today to discuss.

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Meet The Wills & Probate Team

Bob Willson

Bob Willson

Senior Partner

Email: Bob
Tel: 024 7638 7821

About Bob

Bob Willson qualified as a solicitor in 1978 and founded the firm in 1987. Bob has a wealth of experience and supervises the Residential Conveyancing Department.

He has a wealth of experience in commercial property matters and business transfers and has dealt with the sale and purchase of businesses of high value.

Bob is keen to ensure that the “nitty gritty” of every business transaction is looked into. He is keen to visit clients at their place of business so he can get an understanding of how their business operates.

His calming and reassuring manner instantly puts client at their ease.

Bob loves The Rolling Stones and his classic car! He would also love to play more golf – when time allows.

Annamaria Stanford

Annamaria Stanford


Email: Annamaria
Tel: 024 7638 7821

About Annamaria

Annamaria graduated from the De Montfort University in Leicester before qualifying as a Solicitor in 1997. She has practiced law locally in Nuneaton and Bedworth since 1985 and has worked as a solicitor locally since qualifying. 

At the beginning of her career, Annamaria dealt with all aspects of family law. In recent years, Annamaria has turned her skills to private client work. Her skills from her days as a family lawyer have stood her in good stead for this, as often preparing Wills needs an understanding of family dynamics.

Annamaria is very excited about the merger, and to be a part of a dynamic busy practice headed by the senior partner Bob Willson. She is working closely with Bob in the Private Client department, preparing Wills, and dealing with Probate for clients as well as Lasting Powers Of Attorneys, which are needed by most of our clients.

Annamaria considers her strengths to be her client relationships. She has an excellent rapport with her clients and will strive to ensure that they are provided a good service that meets their needs and expectations. Annamaria offers both understanding and compassion in what can often be very difficult circumstances. The priority for her is to ensure that clients are made to feel comfortable and at ease,knowing they are in capable hands. 

Away from work, Annamaria loves nothing better than taking her spaniel Basil for long walks and spending time with her friends and family. Summer months keep her busy gardening, which she finds relaxing, and she also has a 9 hive apiary which keeps her busy. Any excuse to watch local team Leicester Tigers or any national rugby match is a bonus.

Chelsea Shore

Chelsea Shore

Trainee Solicitor

Email: Chelsea
Tel: 024 7638 7821

About Chelsea

Chelsea completed her Law Degree at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and graduated in 2017, she joined Willsons soon after and decided to then study the Legal Practice Course part time at De Montfort University whilst working full time. Chelsea has recently secured her Training Contract with Willsons with the focus in Private Client.

Chelsea has worked in both our Conveyancing and Family departments and now works in our Private Client department which she enjoys, mindful that this area of law can be both rewarding and interesting. This is where Chelsea has excelled and where she wishes to practice and focus her skill set helping clients in what can be very difficult circumstances providing empathy and understanding which are her strengths and attributes.

Outside of work Chelsea likes to help raise money for charity and recently completed a 13 mile trek to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society and is also a Dementia Friend.

In her spare time Chelsea likes to read, see friends and walk her two bulldogs. She has a keen interest in history and enjoys travelling to historical landmarks when she can.