You will no doubt manage your own affairs very comfortably for most, if not all, of your lifetime. However, there may come a time when you are not able to make your own decisions and need someone that you trust to make decisions on your behalf.
A power of attorney is a document that appoints and gives authority to a person(s) to make decisions on another person's behalf. There are several types of power of attorney, the most popular being the 'lasting power of attorney'.
This all depends upon the reason why you need an attorney. If you are planning to go travelling for a long time, you may decide to give a person 'general power of attorney' so that your financial affairs can be looked after whilst you are away.
Alternatively, you might want to make sure that your family are able to help you look after your affairs in the event that you are no longer able to do so yourself, in which case a 'lasting power of attorney' would be more suitable.
This all depends on the type of power of attorney that you grant. All types of powers of attorney can give your attorney the ability to deal with your financial and property affairs. A lasting power of attorney dealing with health and welfare decisions can also be granted, enabling your attorney to make decisions regarding your care, home life and medical treatment.
We care about our clients. We understand that it is a big step to give somebody else power over your affairs and we want you to be completely comfortable with whatever steps you decide to take. By way of a face to face meeting, we will talk you through the issues that you need to consider, and help you to tailor a power of attorney to suit your personal requirements.
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