Wills & Powers of Attorney
To ensure your estate is distributed according to your wishes, you should make a Will and importantly, you should also review it from time to time as circumstances sometimes change.
A great worry for many parents is that they predecease their children whilst they are still young. A provision in your Will appointing Guardians of your children will give you peace of mind in the event that you should die before your children reach the age of 16 years. You can also include specific funeral instructions or instructions as to who you want to look after your much loved pet after you’re gone.
Making a Will makes it easier, quicker and cheaper to wind up your Estate and our experienced Solicitors will guide you through any concerns or queries you have.
If you already have a Will in place it is advisable from time to time to make sure that it still reflects your wishes. If it doesn’t, you don’t always need to go to the bother of making a new Will, you can make an amendment to your existing Will using a Codicil. A Codicil does not replace your Will but simply makes amendments or additions to your existing Will, for example you may wish to include a family member who was not born at the time your original Will was drawn up.
Power of Attorney
Even although you are in good health now, you may wish to put in place a Power of Attorney to deal with your financial and welfare affairs should you become incapacitated and unable to deal with your own affairs. You can appoint more than one Power of Attorney who can be a trusted member or members of your family or a professional person.
If you do not have a Power of Attorney in place and you do become incapacitated, relatives sometimes have to resort to court action to obtain authority to deal with your affairs. This can be time consuming and costly and can result in someone who might not be the person you would want to manage your affairs. It could be a state official or a stranger but this can be avoided by preparing a Power of Attorney.
A Power of Attorney is essentially the power to manage your affairs because you are incapable of acting on your own behalf. So, for example, if you:
- suffer from mental disorder;
- are physically or mentally disabled;
- have lost the ability to communicate;
- suffered a serious injury
A Power of Attorney will allow the management of your affairs by someone appointed by you. We offer specialist advice on which Power of Attorney is most suitable for you.
For further information or assistance please contact us on
Dundee 01382 322267 or Forfar 01307 464088
Providing for your family’s future
Making sure your will is well drawn up