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We’ve noticed that more people are planning ahead and putting their Wills and Powers of Attorney in place. This is music to our ears as those people will get their final wishes granted. Whilst we’re pleased that more people are getting their affairs in order, we’re also increasingly aware that more people are drafting their own documents. This sometimes works out perfectly, but there are many other people coming to us during difficult and emotional times as their documents are incorrect. This has led to a lot of upset, delays and frustration and this also happens in what the client believed was a simple Will or Power of Attorney document.

What are Powers of Attorney?
Powers of Attorney are a legal way of asking named people to manage your affairs if you’re unable to. This could be because of a physical or mental illness, a disability, an accident or old age. In these situations the people that you choose to help you will be able to make decisions and arrangements on your behalf.

Do you know that there are different types…
There are different types of help that you might need, so there are different Powers of Attorney that you can put in place.

  • General Power of Attorney – Which can be used for a set period of time whilst you have mental capacity (for example if you’re out of the country).
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney can be used whilst you have mental capacity and if you lose mental capacity and there are 2 types:
  • ‘Financial’ which gives those named the responsibility to manage your financial affairs and your home.
  • ‘Health and Care’ gives others the authority to make decisions about your medical needs and treatment if you can’t

What most people don’t know about how long it may take
Most people don’t know that all Lasting Powers of Attorney need to be registered with the Office of Public Guardian which can take  2-3 months. Until this is registered, people can’t use the Power of Attorney. With this in mind it’s good to plan ahead and have the peace of mind these documents are in place early.

Guess what? Wills and Powers of Attorney are not just for the elderly
Some believe that thinking about these things is something you do when you retire, but it’s not the case! We find that people from all walks of life and ages contact us to make a Will or Power of Attorney. People with young families, those that travel frequently, those with a dangerous profession, with medical conditions and older people who want the peace of mind that everything is in place should they need it.

Want to ‘Do It Yourself’ but may need a bit of our help?
With the ease of the internet we know some people like to draft their documents themselves. That’s fine with us – but if you’d like us to give your Will or Power of Attorney a double check then we also have a ‘checking service’ where people can bring in prepared Powers Of Attorney and for a small fee we can take a look. It’s a lot like a passport checking service – you let us check it for you and we make sure it’s exactly as you want it. Sometimes there are rules you may not be aware of that could affect your estate or who can make decisions for you. We can let you know about those and if and how they affect you and your family.

Confused or want some help?
We are specialists and have created thousands of Wills and Powers of Attorney. We can help you through the process of drafting these documents and making sure that they are legally correct. Simply give us a call on 01623 45 11 11 and we can help or answer any questions you may have.

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