Power of Attorney at Which
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Please be careful! I clicked through from a link on Martin’s email to purchase power of attorney from Which, it had a % off offer. Paid £194 for husband and myself (Scotland), including review of it. Received it. Had to require witness of signatures, either my doctor (our surgery doesn’t do this) or a solicitor. Then get them sent for registration. Solicitor started it all again from scratch with the result I then had to pay £706. I feel my £194 I paid Which was a total waste of money.
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This person is basically signing that the donor has the mental capacity to understand what they are doing, and that they are not being coerced.
It needs to be someone who has known the donor on a regular basis for at least two years, or a professional, like a GP or solicitor. The professional does not have to know them personally, but would be expected to have a discussion with the donor to check everything is OK.
Some people prefer to use a professional, in case there are any objections from other family members. Or they just maybe under the impression they have to use a solicitor, when they do not ( maybe Scotland is different)
Sounds in this case that the solicitor has also persuaded the OP that they should take over the whole process ( and charge for it) .