While no one likes to think there may come a time when they are mentally or physically unable to look after their own affairs, but none of us can predict the future. That’s why putting a power of attorney in place is a positive step you can take to ensure your interests will be looked after should it no longer be possible for you to care for yourself.
A power of attorney is a deed of authority that gives a trusted individual the ability to act on your behalf – such as on financial and welfare matters – and make decisions for you when you are no longer capable. Once it is signed, it is set aside until needed. However, if you don’t have one in place some decisions won’t be possible, so your family may have to go to court to get a guardianship order, which is expensive and time-consuming.
While there are protections in place to guard against unscrupulous attorneys, it is important that you choose your attorney(s) carefully. Using a solicitor or paralegal with expertise in this area is crucial to make sure all the necessary steps are covered.
Our specialised legal team will consult thoroughly with you to discuss your options sensitively and confidentially and set up a power of attorney that will safeguard your welfare and give you peace of mind that you will be properly looked after if or when the time comes.