Wills & Powers of Attorney

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Many people put off making a Will for the majority of their lives, but if you want to ensure your assets are distributed the way you wish after you pass away, it is essential to get legal advice and assistance. Our team can give you specialist legal guidance on all aspects relating to Wills and Powers of Attorney. 

Power of Attorney

Wills 

A Will determines what happens to a person’s estate (money, property and possessions) following their death. It is the best way to protect and provide financial security for your loved ones, and the only way to avoid your estate being distributed according to the intestacy rules. 

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Having a valid Will ensures that your wishes are followed in the event of your death. The document should be updated to account for any life changes (e.g., if you get married, divorced, or have children).
There are many advantages to having a Will, including:

    distributing your estate to specific loved ones
    naming a guardian for your children
    reducing the tax payable from your estate
    choosing your executors 

What happens if you die without a Will?

If you do not have a Will in place on your death, your estate will be divided according to the intestacy rules. It should be stressed that unmarried partners (including those with children) cannot inherit from their partner without a valid Will. To ensure your loved ones receive what you wish from your estate, set up a Will today with the help of our legal team.

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Power of Attorney

If you grant someone Power of Attorney, this allows the third party to make decisions on your behalf in the event that you cannot make or communicate these decisions yourself, either temporarily or permanently. Although these can be very useful, they also have serious implications and so it is vital that you take specialist legal advice.

A Power of Attorney comes into effect when a person lacks the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves. To be valid, the LPA must be set up when the person is still capable and fully aware of the implications of the document. 

Types of Power of Attorney

An Ordinary Power of Attorney can be used for temporary periods of incapacity, such as going into hospital for an operation. If incapacity is permanent, a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) lets one or more persons act on your behalf (known as attorneys). There are two kinds of LPAs available:

    Financial LPA: this will cover all financial decisions, including sale and purchase of property, pensions, and managing bank accounts.
    Health and welfare LPA: this will cover all decisions relating to healthcare and medical decisions, such as diet, life-sustaining treatments and housing arrangements.

Do I need a Power of Attorney if I am married or have children?

It is wrongly assumed that a spouse or children could make decisions on your behalf if you were to lose mental capacity due to illness or an accident. Instead, they would need to apply to the Court of Protection to obtain a relevant order. This is a long and costly process, which why it is crucial to have a valid LPA in place before it is needed. Our friendly lawyers can help you set up an LPA today.

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Contact our Wills & Powers of Attorney Lawyers London & Southeast

Although it is understandable that people do not want to consider their own death, it is very important to make sure your loved ones are protected by a valid Will. Get in touch with our lawyers to discuss this further. Our Power of Attorney Lawyers can also advise clients on the best options in their circumstances and help prepare any applications.