In these circumstances having a Power of Attorney provides invaluable peace of mind. It allows the people you trust to manage your affairs and deal with your welfare in your best interests. We believe that everyone should give serious consideration to granting a Power of Attorney – even if it is never required; the fact that it is in place brings reassurance.
POWERS OF ATTORNEY
A Power of Attorney is a written legal document, which allows a person specifically to appoint another person or persons, whom they trust, to look after their finances and/or make decisions about their welfare and care should they become incapable of doing so. Because of the nature and extent of the powers granted, we don’t just fill in a standard form but take the time to discuss your requirements and go through and explain the document to you.
We believe that this can be a particularly complex area of the law and we are also able to advise those appointed as an Attorney of their responsibilities and make them aware of the requirements of the Adults With Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and how this has been interpreted by recent case law.
We are also able to assist in record keeping and preparing accounts and if you wish, can even act as your Attorney.
What happens if a loved one is incapable of giving instructions to create a Power of Attorney? Who then takes over? Who deals with their affairs and makes decisions as to their welfare?
In such a distressing situation, these are only some of the questions; but we can provide answers and practical assistance by dealing with Guardianship applications on behalf of the family.
Having dealt with many of these applications we are familiar with the procedure involved and can guide you through what is a very complex and constantly changing area of legal practice.
In some circumstances, an Intervention Order under the Adults With Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 will be more appropriate than a Guardianship Order and this is another area we deal with regularly.
For an informal chat about Guardianships and Intervention Orders, telephone Helen Whyte.
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