After all the wonderful advice I received on here I've finally started the ball rolling for mums LPA. I went to age concern and they passed our details to a solicitor they use and they have been wonderful. We only ended up having to pay £180 inc vat to prepare documents/contracts etc, the registration was free because mum receives pension credit. If you receive certain benefits then they will do the reg for free. So we were relieved, one less worry. Should receive official docs in next 8 weeks, quite a while but will make life easier hopefully in the long run.