Severance of Tenancy/Power of Attorney

Severance of Tenancy and Power of Attorney

in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, and the Surrounding Areas

Whether you want to appoint a Power of Attorney, or you require a Severance of Tenancy agreement, James & Co. tailors all legal services to your needs. Based in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, our friendly experts serve clients throughout South West England. You can find more information below or get in touch with our team today with any further enquiries.

Severance of Tenancy

Severing a joint tenancy is the process by which a joint tenancy is converted into a tenancy in common. Most house ‘co-owners’ own their home as ‘joint tenants’. This means that if one joint owner dies, the survivor would own the total value outright, irrespective of what might be written in a will. Furthermore, the whole value would be means-tested where care costs are assessed.

There is an alternative method of ownership, known as ‘tenancy in common’. This means that each of the ‘co-owners’ owns a share of the property and can deal with it as they wish. To make this change from a joint tenancy, there must be a Severance of Tenancy agreement between the owners that is recorded at the Land Registry. To effect this change, all owners sign a Notice of Severance of Joint Tenancy, which is then stored with the deeds relating to the property.

Power of Attorney

Power of Attorney

The Lasting Power of Attorney is a powerful document that gives your attorneys the power to make decisions on your behalf. Nobody likes to think about losing the ability to look after their affairs, but the reality is that many people require assistance as their mental health deteriorates.


Making a Power of Attorney allows you to nominate someone that you care about, and who cares about you, to act on your behalf should the time ever arise when you can no longer act for yourself. This legal document will give the chosen person or persons the authority to make decisions about your property, finances, health, and welfare for you when required.


LPAs can be useful in cases involving dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or any mental health problem. A Power of Attorney must be fully prepared before you, as an individual, lose your mental capacity. There are two different kinds of Lasting Power of Attorney, described below:

Assigning Powers of Attorney

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