At some point in the future, it may become difficult, or even impossible, for you to look after and manage your own affairs.
It may be that you have lost mental capacity, or have simply reached a stage in your life where you would rather that someone else took on the responsibility for looking after your day-to-day finances.
At Aberdein Considine, we have specialist solicitors who can guide you in the right direction.
A Power of Attorney (POA) allows you to appoint a family member, friend or professional adviser to make financial or welfare decisions on your behalf should you be unable or unwilling to do so.
A continuing POA allows your appointed attorney to deal with your financial matters, either immediately, if this is your wish or in the future if you become incapable. A welfare POA appoints your attorney to make welfare decisions on your behalf, but only if you become incapable of making these yourself.
POAs can be drafted quickly and cost effectively so as to reflect your individual circumstances and wishes, whilst also being flexible enough to make certain that your trusted attorney is able to deal with any conceivable scenario.
Should you lose mental capacity, it is no longer possible for you to grant a POA.
If that happens, then it may be necessary for an application to be made to the courts to have someone appointed as your financial or welfare guardian. Our solicitors can help you take control of the affairs of a loved one should that be necessary by guiding you through the court process of obtaining an intervention or guardianship order.
Advance medical directives (or ADM) are often referred to as ‘living wills’. An ADM records any wishes you may have regarding medical treatment you may or may not wish to have in the future.
An ADM can also provide invaluable guidance to family and medical professionals at a time when you are no longer able to express your wishes.
Our solicitors are able to assist you with the drafting of an ADM in order to ensure that your wishes are given effect.
I was impressed by the efficient but friendly manner in which my mother’s estate was administered. I always felt I could lift the phone and ask about any doubts. The whole matter was completed swiftly and to my satisfaction.
O. Emslie, private client
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